PF- Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons
I also took a look at Smith’s disappointing season this week. 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.
Even more disturbing is that Smith is a subscriber to the J.R. Smith (I will get to him later for sure) book of poor shot selection as he continues to chuck up awful and contested shots, resulting in a 40.8 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 23.9 percent clip.
He has shown some life as of late, but Smith is one of the more disappointing fantasy players of the year.
Similar to Pierce, the trade to Brooklyn hasn’t done much to help KG out as he is averaging a career worst 6.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while only shooting 41.3 percent from the floor.
We knew KG was on the decline and wouldn’t post his career averages of 18.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and a 49.7 field-goal percentage, but very few imagined such a drastic decline.
I always am leery of a guy who puts up a career year nine years into his NBA career, especially when he does so during a contract year like Smith did last season when he won the Sixth man of the Year award.
Smith is down over six points per game in scoring, from 19.4 to 13.4 per game this season and is grabbing one less rebound (5.8-4.7) per night.
However while his off the court dramatics kill you, that’s nothing compared to how much of a killer his field-goal percentage is.
Smith has always been one to take a ton of bad shots, but last year he shot a respectable 42.2 percent from the floor. This year he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat, making only 36.5 of his attempts from the floor.