Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Spo
Sometimes, pure talent can overcome a shaky fit. This isn't one of those cases.
Josh Smith is playing like he has nothing to play for, if that makes sense. After receiving $54 million over four years from the Detroit Pistons, Smith has decided to become a full-time jump-shooter.
The results, as you might expect, have been ugly. Smith is posting a career-low PER of 13.7, and he's attempting 4.6 threes per game, which is fairly absurd for a guy shooting 27.7 percent from behind the arc.
Floor spacing next to Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond has been an issue, but it's a surprise just how bad Detroit is defensively right now. Smith has always been one of the better perimeter defenders in the league, but he's been aloof off the ball quite a bit this season.
The bottom of the Eastern Conference is a wasteland, and it's telling that Smith hasn't been able to get Detroit past .500 this season. If the Pistons opt against keeping a younger building block in Greg Monroe because of Smith's contract, this could ultimately be a catastrophic signing.