A primary concern heading into the season, Detroit’s loaded frontcourt has struggled to find spacing thus far. The presence of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond at the 4 and 5, respectively, has forced newly acquired Josh Smith into being more of a mid-range and perimeter player on the offensive end. Smith is known for being a streaky jump-shooter and is shooting a career-low 41.4 percent from the floor.
Above is Josh Smith’s shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com. Smith is shooting below the league average in nearly every spot on the court.
In the new year, the Pistons need to either let Smith play his natural position, the 4, or get him out of the starting lineup. Though the first option seems the most likely, it’ll probably be the result of trading Monroe, who, at 14.5 points and nine rebounds per game, is an expiring contract sure to attract the attention of playoff-contending teams from across the league.