Dec 30, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Pistons' Josh Smith showing signs of life

Without a doubt, one of the biggest Fantasy Basketball disappointments of the season to date has been Detroit Pistons’ forward Josh Smith.

After signing a big contract in Detroit during the offseason, needless to say, Smith has not lived up to expectations, averaging only 15.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists, his lowest numbers across the board since 2008-09.

Jan 17, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) shoots in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Even more disturbing is that Smith is a subscriber to the J.R. Smith (must be something with players named Smith) book of poor shot selection as he continues to chuck up awful and contested shots, resulting in a 40.6 percent field-goal percentage, which is down significantly from the 46 percent he has shot during his career.

Smith is also taking four three’s per game, despite making them at only a 24.3 percent clip.

Yet while you can’t really do much about the fact that Smith is one of the least intelligent players with the ball in his hands donning an NBA uniform, you should take some notice in his numbers as of late.

Over the last five games Smith is looking more like the borderline All-Star of recent years, averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. That even includes a very poor performance Friday against the Utah Jazz when Smith scored only four points on a 1-for-6 performance from the floor.

What does all this mean?

With a favorable schedule that features the Clippers, Bucks, Pelicans and Mavericks this week, Smith is back to being a must start option.

He will still kill you with his percentages, but take advantage of Smith’s numbers while it lasts.

It also means that you should use his recent hot streak to try and trade him and improve your team in other areas.

Despite his recent run of success, I have very little faith in Smith maintaining his current pace and becoming a solid fantasy option.

Start him now, but look to move him quickly.


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