Smith played for almost 46 minutes in Sunday’s 111-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and had the type of shooting night the Pistons have been wanting ever since he joined the team. Smith was 13-of-17 from the floor and two of his missed shots were from three-point country. He was 5-of-6 from the line and scored 31 points while totaling seven rebounds and four assists.
The team could use a few more performances like that from Smith. The jury is still out on whether or not it’s been a successful season for Smith. He isn’t playing poorly, considering that he has been averaging 13.8 points, 3.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds a game that compares to his career average of 15.3 points, 3.2 assists and 8.0 rebounds a game.
So other than a bump in the assists category, all of Smith’s numbers have declined.
For the season, Smith has been hitting 38.5 percent of his shots, which is down from his career mark of 46.2. That stat more than anything has been a concern for the Pistons, His three-point shooting is down to 26.9 percent compared to his career of 28.2. Even his free throw shooting is down 54.3 percent from his career of 65.1.
If Smith can find his shooting again, the Pistons have a good chance of finally attaining a winning record. That obviously was their intent when they signed him. It’s time that Smith lives up to his end of the bargain.