Detroit Pistons 2013 Player Profile: Josh Smith

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Josh Smith is planning on having a huge season for the Detroit Pistons. It’s critical that he has such a season, for the Pistons’ sake.

Of all the Pistons’ moves during the NBA offseason that have to come out like solid gold, this is the one. Critics claim the Pistons spent too much for Smith and compared this signing to the free agent contracts given to Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva in 2009. The Pistons are still smarting over those two fiascoes.

No player will have a bigger impact on the Detroit Pistons this season than Josh Smith. Not Andre Drummond, not Brandon Jennings or Greg Monroe. Drummond’s impact is likely to expand after this season, but for the 2013-14 schedule, Smith will be king for the Pistons. He won’t make the Pistons a playoff team all by himself, but he’ll come awfully close.

Smith will also be the most exciting player for the fans to watch, although Drummond will be a close second

He’s likely to duplicate his season stats from a year ago of 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. What he gives the Pistons that they haven’t had before is that constant scoring threat on the floor who will come out of nowhere to grab the offensive rebound and slam it home. There remains concern if he can work inside with Drummond and Monroe at the same time. That’s what training camp is all about as the Pistons will focus on making sure Smith’s talents are utilized in the most effective way.

If he improves his three-point and free-throw shooting in the slightest way, his numbers will go up and so will the amount of Pistons’ victories.

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