A couple years ago in fantasy basketball drafts, PF Josh Smith was a guaranteed first round pick in every format. He was the ultimate roto-league superstar and the forward managed to constantly fill the box score.
This fall, though, the veteran fell well outside of the first two rounds. Whether it was the uncertainly about his move to the Detroit Pistons, or the fact that he has been in the league for nine years, Smith was severely overlooked in drafts this year.
Surprisingly, though, Smith has almost mirrored his career numbers. J-Smooth is currently averaging a respectable 15 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game this season. Smith has similarly averaged 15.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists throughout his prestigious professional career, so he is right on his career-mark.
On top of Smith’s reliable rebound/assist totals, he has also blocked 1.4 shots per game and stolen 1.5 passes per game this season. Despite criticism this off-season, Smith has continued to be an ideal fantasy forward, especially in roto-leagues. Some forwards tend to be one-dimensional, but Smith has a knack for doing a little bit of everything for fantasy fans.
Smith hasn’t been able to put up the staggering numbers he did a couple seasons ago, but that is likely due to the fact that C Andre Drummond has dominated the low post in Motown. The center has grabbed 12.4 rebounds per game and his ability to rebound has kept Smith from being a steady source of boards. Regardless of the minor drop in rebounds, Smith still continues to fill the rest of the box score on a nightly basis and that makes the loss of a couple rebounds easy to get over.
Smith is quietly having another amazing fantasy season and he deserves a little recognition. After all, consistency matters in fantasy sports.