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Welcome to part one of the Joe Dumars show.
The former Detroit Pistons general manager, who helped bring this team an NBA title 10 years ago, ended up driving this franchise into the ground.
Dumars used his last summer at the helm to sign power forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million deal and erratic point guard Brandon Jennings to a three-year, $24 million deal of his own.
While both signings were suspect in retrospect, let's focus on Smith for the time being.
Smith was a former high school star who took the leap directly to the NBA—before the league banned that sort of thing and created the infamous "one-and-done" era in college hoops.
He became a member of the Atlanta Hawks and developed into a pretty good player. The problem Smith has always faced—even in Atlanta—was that he is one of the most inefficient players in recent memory.
Don't take my word for it. Check out the chart Kirk Goldsberry of Grantland.com built during the middle of last season.
In that article, Goldsberry wrote, "I have always claimed that if Smith would only focus on offensive rebounding, attacking the basket, and operating on the blocks, he’d be a really great player." That is as accurate of a description of Smith as you'll ever read.
The man shot .264 percent from beyond the arc.
Until he stops hoisting up jumpers without remorse and the Pistons figure out a place to maximize his talents—hint: it's not playing small forward—Smith will go down as a guy with one of the most bloated contracts in recent memory.