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Josh Smith doesn’t pay attention to your silly shot charts. No kidding.

Jan 17, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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Josh Smith does not have a reliable jump shot.

This is not some great secret, everyone in the league knows it — it’s part of why he puts up fantastic numbers playing the four (when he can either overpower smaller defenders or drive past larger ones to get close to the rim). It’s why there were questions about him fitting in with Detroit where both Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe work best close to the basket as well. Not shockingly, the Pistons are a mess when those three are paired (what is surprising is how bad the team defense is with those three on the court).

Also not a shock, Josh Smith does not care for your fancy math that says he shouldn’t shoot outside 8 feet.

Here is what Smith told the USA Today.

“I just play basketball,” he said. “I’m a basketball player. People try to throw statistics in there. I’m not one to look at where I am on the court (when I shoot).

“I’m confident in each and every play I make. I don’t think about it. I just play and play with confidence.”

Here is Josh Smith’s shot chart for this season.


Better yet, here is his shooting chart for broader, more basic zones.


To be clear, Smith is shooting 54.3 percent 8 feet or closer to the rim, 27.9 percent beyond that range. Or, if you prefer, he is shooting 65 percent in the restricted area and 29.7 percent outside it.

That’s not some magical algorithm breaking down his game, that’s somebody taking the time to chart where he shoots the ball from and how well he does that.

There’s a reason teams give him the jumper.

So he can have all the confidence he wants, he shouldn’t shoot as many jumpers.

Mo Cheeks has to find some rotations that work for this team — as our own Dan Feldman noted, any combination of two of the three bigs and the Pistons look good. But all three in the mix is a mess.

More than Cheeks’ issue, it’s Joe Dumars’ issue. He has to put together puzzle pieces that fit, and halfway through the season we have a pretty good idea of what is not working.

  1. antistratfordian - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I’d like to see him negotiate his next contract with that nonsense.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      doesn’t need to

  2. urodaddy07 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    “…when those three are paired…”? Whoa, a pair is two last time I checked.

  3. metrocritical - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Josh Smith may not be paying attention but his numbers will be part of the reason Joe Dumars will be fired in the not so distant future. If ownership were smarter, neither would be Pistons right now.

  4. jadaruler - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Josh has so much talent. I wish would hone his game and become the top 20 player he should be.

  5. bkbell3 - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Smith is a low IQ player but everyone shoots over 50% at the rim It’s too simplistic to say stop shooting jump shots. If he did don’t you think teams would not let him get to the rim? He needs to stop shooting the three and put the ball on the floor and get to the rim more. Then teams will back off him more and he will get more open mid-range shots which he can make.His problem is like guys like AL Horford,Joe Johnson etc that have no motor and float around the perimeter and don’t impose their will using their considerable size, length and athletic skills. They settle to much and aren’t aggressive enough to go get the shots that they want and smith is just a dumb player who makes to many dumb plays to often.With his skills he should be flying around the court like a more skilled Crash (nickname,cant remember his name,played for Boston and NJ.) But just by his comments you can see why he has never added to or improved his game, he is what he is. Their bigger problem is a small point guard who can’t defend anyone and is a volume shooter who shoots 39% for his career and 15 times a game who also can’t finish at the rim.This team is flawed with no outside shooters and a front line that doesn’t fit esp. without a good point guard.

  6. louhudson23 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Wow,an NBA player who has no interest in improving his game….I am so surprised…self awareness remains in short supply in all facets of life…the spotlight of professional sports only intensifies the idiocy…

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