Ish Smith has bounced around to various teams in his three-year NBA career. He has most recently landed to the Phoenix Suns, which might be the spot where Smith is able to get his professional life in high gear.
Smith has been used sparingly so far in the NBA but might have a chance to show his talents in a major way for the Suns who are coming off a 25-57 season and need as much spark as possible from the guard spot. He spent the 2010-11 season as a rookie with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies and was with the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic in 2011-12. He stayed with the Magic for 36 games last season before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
So far in his career, Smith has only averaged 9.8 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds a game while shooting 36.6% from the floor and 57.9% from the free-throw line.
But the trade to the Suns, who sent Caron Butler to the Bucks, was a good one for Smith.
A few days ago, the Suns, looking to add point guard depth, traded for Smith, who will be the team’s third or fourth guard. The Suns consider Smith critical in order to have a competent floor leader in case of injuries and other unforeseen things. He’s considered to be a competent point guard, who can give the regulars a breather to fill in when someone is struggling or hurt. Smith will have to show his stuff for the Suns to secure a roster spot but it appears he will be a good fit for the team.