Detroit Pistons: Josh Smith Signing Makes No Sense

May 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) grabs a rebound over Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) during the first half in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

And here everyone thought that the Detroit Pistons were rebuilding their team around young players. Instead the team has gone out and signed Josh Smith to a four-year $56 million deal.

This means that Smith will probably be starting at the small forward spot, which naturally means he will be further away from the basket. Josh will be happy with that, as he will get to jack up a bunch of jumpers, but it’s not where he is most efficient. When Smith goes into the post, the lane will be extremely crowded, and it’s hard seeing an Andre Drummond-Greg Monroe-Josh Smith frontcourt functioning well.

Moving Greg Monroe for other pieces is not necessarily out of the question, but the Pistons seemingly had a good thing going with their two big men steadily improving. Now you either have to trade a big man who has enormous upside, or live without spacing and a crowded lane. The signing doesn’t really make sense, but I guess the Pistons will be a little more fun to watch.

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