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Let the large-ball movement commence for the Detroit Pistons!
Detroit may have been desperate for a star, but this was a bizarre destination for Josh Smith. With Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond already forming an imposing, young interior core, there doesn't seem to be much room for Smith inside.
Of course, there is merit to a best-player-available philosophy (best available to the Pistons, that is). Mo Cheeks will surely work out a rotation that allows Smith to line up at power forward with either fellow big at center, then throwing out the incumbent frontcourt tandem while Smith sits.
By that logic, Detroit would nearly never have to bench more than one of its forwards at a time. It also transforms J-Smoove into a giant J.R. Smith with a heftier price tag, thus diminishing his utility.
The fact is, Smith is not a small forward. He has the mobility to guard wings and the strength to beat them off the bounce, but he doesn't have the jumper to constitute positioning him away from the rim on a regular basis. Because of this, lineups including all three players could run into spacing issues offensively.
Then again, Detroit struggled with its perimeter shooting last season, so it's not like the ultra-big lineups would be much of a downgrade, if any at all. This is absolutely an improvement for the Pistons; what remains to be seen is how it affects Detroit's future plans for Monroe.