The Detroit Pistons have made it easier for their ticket office employees to do their jobs as they get ready for the 2013-14 NBA season. The acquisition of several standout players should make the team much better and more exciting to watch.
Plenty has been said about the acquisition of Brandon Jennings. Fans are excited about the return of Chauncey Billups. Other fans are excited over the potential of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. That said, Josh Smith still remains the real deal who will turn the Pistons from playoff pretenders to playoff contenders.
The others, especially Jennings, are going to contribute some excellent performances that will get the Pistons going in the right direction, but no one will be as dynamic on and off the court as Smith, who gives the Pistons the exciting spark plug that’s been lacking for a long time.
After nine solid seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Smith is ready to show his stuff at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Smith is likely to provide the Pistons with the type of consistent scoring they have not seen from a starter in a long time. After all, that’s what he did for nine seasons with the Hawks.
He’s given his team an average of around 35 minutes per game in the last seven seasons. His point production has remained at 17.5 points per game last season and 18.8 points the year before that. His shooting continues to torment opposing defense with 46.5 percent from the floor last year and 30.3 percent from the 3-point area. His free throw shooting went way down to 51.7 percent last year, and that’s an area where he definitely has to improve.