The Detroit Pistons made their biggest offseason signing in recent memory, bringing in power forward Josh Smith to their young squad.
A day after losing veteran point guard Jose Calderon, the Pistons had to make a splash to recover. Team president Joe Dumars had been heavily criticized for his lack of activity in recent years in the free agent market. Also, the ill-advised signings of Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon set them back years.
Many would argue that since the Pistons got rid of Flip Saunders as head coach and traded Chauncey Billups away, the franchise declined heavily — and it did. The team has not made the playoffs in the last few seasons and with a new coach, new players and a new philosophy, the Pistons are on the way up — or so it seems.
By saving a ton of money for the free agency period this season and next, the Pistons had money to blow, and they did just that on Smith. He has all the potential in the world to be a superstar, but has been criticized because of his ‘I don’t care’ attitude and his shooting habits.
Smith can be the guy to drive to the rack and throw down a punishing dunk, as he’s one of the most athletic guys out there. Scoring and rebounding are two things in which he excels at. Averaging the second-best marks in his career in many categories last season, the 27-year-old star might just be on the rise.
While the Pistons are signed him to a contract of four years and $59 million — a bit much, perhaps — they still got a superstar-in-the-making and a guy that could eventually get them back into the playoffs.