This July, the Detroit Pistons signed forward Josh Smith, making him their newest big-name free-agent acquisition.
While it will be impossible to fairly judge the signing until months or years from now, Pistons fans can only hope that the move will be as successful as the moves general manager Joe Dumars made early in his front-office career.
Free-agent acquisitions are not only judged on their individual statistics and personal accolades, but also their ability to help the team achieve postseason success. The longevity of their career with the Pistons helps as well.
If Smith can help them become a playoff contender in the next few seasons, he'll find himself ranked among the Pistons' top free-agent signings of all time.