OUTLOOK FOR NEXT YEAR
2014-15 Status: Under contract for $13,500,000 (via basketball-reference.com)
Josh Smith will not be starting at SF next season, that much can be safely assumed. Stan Van Gundy's basketball IQ is just too high to do something that stupid. Smith will either be the starting PF, assuming Monroe lands elsewhere due to his free agency, or Smith will be coming off the bench as the 6th man. If SVG can convince Smith to swallow his pride and play hard off the bench, it could be greatly beneficial to the Pistons. For everything he lacks on offense, Smith brings things on defense that both Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond do not. Smith's energy and shot blocking on defense made him one of the league's best defenders in his time in Atlanta. In Detroit last year, he looked lost trying to defend SFs and often lost his man for open threes. Playing PF is every bit as important for him on defense as it is on offense. I'm assuming that Smith will be in a Pistons uniform next season, because his trade value is about as low as it can get right now. No complaints if he is moved, however.
2014 SEASON GRADE: D