Josh Smith Heads to the Motor City

Josh Smith plans on reminding Detroit fans how much they loved it when Rasheed Wallace would hoist up so many 3's despite not being a very good 3-point shooter.

Josh Smith plans on reminding Detroit fans how much they loved it when Rasheed Wallace would hoist up so many 3’s despite not being a very good 3-point shooter.

The Detroit Pistons have finally made a splash in the free agent market.  After losing point guard Jose Calderon to the Dallas Mavericks, the Pistons made their first big move of the offseason by signing forward Josh Smith away from the Atlanta Hawks, who really had no interest in signing the forward.  Smith has played both forward positions during his career, but has not always been the best shooter on his team and has seemed too eager to hoist up 3-point shots from time to time (though the 09/10 season saw Smith take close to zero 3-point attempts per game and hit none during the course of the season).  Apparently the Pistons just really miss Rasheed Wallace.  Coupled with his woeful 3-point shooting, Smith, like fellow Pistons Andre Drummond and Charlie Villanueva and Jason Maxiell, has woeful free-throw shooting as well.  This will leave them open to the hack-a-Josh-Maxiell-Villanueva-Drummond technique that is so popular amongst Eastern Conference teams.  Should the team wish to, they could start Smith along with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond and have one of the best rebounding front-courts in the league, though it may be more likely that Detroit will start Smith at power forward.  The team still finds itself in need of a traditional point guard to run this team, but should first-round draft pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope turn out to be half as good as Joe Dumars hopes he is, the Pistons could really be on the way to putting together a winner with this roster.

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