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For starters, there is absolutely no way that the Celtics can haul in Josh Smith with Garnett and Pierce around, so bringing in Smith means that No. 5 and No. 34 will not be in Boston next season.
Smith is easily one of the most polarizing players in the league. While some feel that he is a game-changer who is worth a max deal, others think he is an overrated headcase who tries to do too much.
The truth is, J-Smoove is somewhere in the middle. He is not a superstar by any means, but he can undoubtedly help a team. He is one of the best stat-stuffers out there, having the ability to contribute on both ends of the floor and in all aspects of the game.
That said, advanced stats are not too kind to Smith. He posted only .075 win shares per 48 minutes this season and averages only .099 for his career, and believe it or not, that is actually below the approximate league average of .100. Prior to 2012-13, Smith was considerably above that number for three consecutive seasons, but the drop-off this year is somewhat alarming.
An upside to signing Smith is the fact that he would be playing with Rondo. A downside to signing Smith is the fact that, well, he would be playing with Rondo.
Having those two together would be a double-edged sword.
On one hand, you'd have one of the most exciting tandems in terms of getting out in transition, as not many are better on the break than Smith and Rondo. On the other side of the coin, however, both of them are miserable free-throw shooters, and opposing teams could (and probably would) take advantage of that.
The biggest problem with Smith is his tendency to try to be someone he's not. The entire world knows that he is not a sound jump shooter, and yet, he attempted 201 triples this past season, hitting on only 30.3 percent of them. It's no surprise that Smith's best season came the year he only took seven threes, and that was in 2009-10 when he averaged .155 win shares per 48 minutes.
Why in the world he then decided to take 154 the following season is beyond me, but if he did come to Boston, perhaps Doc Rivers could get him under control.
My personal opinion? Stay away from Smith unless you can somehow bring him in to play with Garnett, Pierce and Rondo, and you'd probably have a better chance of finding a million dollars on your doorstep than that happening.