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Josh Smith says Detroit disaster not all his fault

Apr 4, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

Josh Smith AP

When you’re as bad as the Pistons are right now — they couldn’t even beat the Sixers — it’s not just one thing. Life is simply not lived in black and white like that, it’s shades of gray.

Josh Smith wants you to know the disaster that is the Pistons is not all his fault.

He spoke with the Detroit News about this season (hat tip to Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):

“I am an easy target to be able to blame. I’m very outspoken,” Smith said. “I’m an emotional player. I can easily be a target night in and out…

“If you played the game, if you know X’s and O’s, it’s not all my fault,” Smith said. “I’m not gonna say I’m perfect, by far, but I’m not the guy you can point the finger at. I’m a firm believer in you point one finger at one person, point three back at yourself.”

Josh Smith has been Josh Smith this season. On the 46 percent of his total shot attempts he takes inside eight feet he is shooting 55.7 percent. On the 54 percent outside that window he is shooting 29,9 percent, including 25.6 percent from three. However, because Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe have equally bad shooting from the outside, all three of them are trying to occupy the same space inside. When that happens Smith, in the small forward role, steps out on the perimeter. He has had to do that more and more this season as the Pistons continue to play the big three lineup in spite of the evidence of how poorly it works.

And that’s not even getting into Brandon Jennings. Or the defense.

But pointing the finger of blame at Smith is like blaming a cheetah for eating a gazelle — it’s what he does.

That said, the Pistons need him to get back to being more of a jack of all trades, a guy who can defend inside and out, who can run the court, a guy that is a matchup nightmare.

Detroit’s big mistake was putting the roster together this way. Yes, we’re looking at you Joe Dumars, this roster is why you may well be unemployed as of this summer. We all had spacing question the second the Smith signing was announced, although nobody thought their issues would be this severe. Josh Smith is part of that but he’s right, he’s not all of it.

  1. bougin89 - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    His true shooting % is 46.

  2. moseskkim - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    his fg shooting is 42%. thats just nasty. for a guy who can and does at times play inside.. for a guy who can use his speed to get around most 4’s, use his power to get inside against 3’s.. 42% is nasty. lucky they have drummond shooting like 80% or detroit would have record low team fg% especially with “i can shoot the same % with a blindfold on” brandon jennings.

  3. sparty0n - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    He needs to be traded and they need to keep Monroe at the 4.

    • biggestredmiami - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Joe Dumars can’t sign the right free-agents, let alone orchestrate a trade with the 3 years and $40 million left on his contract. Good luck with that.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        He might be able to do it if Detroit manages to jump into the top three and using that as a sweetenr, but that’s about it without taking back an equally bad deal.

  4. blakegblogs - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I thought the pistons would be better this year. If they still had Brandon knight they would be so much greater

  5. miamatt - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Josh is right; it’s not his fault Detroit offered him a lucrative contract on a team with which he is a poor fit. Management is mostly to blame.

  6. cuhris84 - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    What are the owners thinking? Haven’t they already witnessed the drafting of Darko, the bust free agent signing of Villanueva and Gordon?

    Okay. Dumars drafted two good cornerstone pieces of Drummond and Monroe. And again a questionable signing of Josh Smith and a trade for Brandon Jennings.

    Pistons would have been big time free agent players this coming season.

    Even the casual fans, sees Josh Smith isn’t the right fit. It only hinders the development of their young cornerstone. But, they may think Josh Smith could be that veteran who can teach these guys. Really? Josh Smith himself hasn’t figured out how to play with athletic ability and skill set.

    Brandon Jenning for Brandon Knight?

    Brandon Knight has more upside and potential than Jennings. Jennings peaked last season. Knight is a much better all around player. A more dynamic player.

    Dumars should have given Knight, Drummond and Monroe to grow together.

    This is entirely Joe Dumars fault. With no clear direction. Even former Coach Meeks couldn’t figure out how to manage their free agent signing and how to develop his two young bigs. Dumars should have stuck with a rebuilding plan for at least another season. To get the right players and coaches.

  7. weaselpuppy - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Dumars, we loved you, and Karen Davidson tied your hands in trading pieces and using the amnesty on any number of bad contracts( you made)…

    but going into the draft knowing Brandon Knight wasn’t a long term fit at PG, you let MCW and Burke sit in the green room and took Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a shooter who has shot so poorly he had to be benched despite being the only guy that plays any perimeter D at all….which made you think you had SG covered and didn’t want to see Knight turn into Stuckey 2.0, so you flipped him for Jennings…after signing a turrible turrible fit in JSmoove….

    You’re a HOF Joe, but you really screwed the pooch here….literally everyone saw how bad a fit this was but you. That means it’s time to go (even though the Charlie V contract an dthe trading of a 1st round pick to get rid of 1 year of Ben Gordon’s contract) was enough reason…..

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      weasel puppy…screwed the pooch…

  8. adwilson87 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Time for the dual sign and trade between Suns and Pistons this summer. Centered around Monroe and Bledsoe.

  9. campcouch - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    I bet Atlanta is looking nice to Josh Smith now. The larger contract blinds many players and condemns them to years of futility.

  10. jimeejohnson - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I blame Obama. It’s as easy as blaming “Lil’ gw bush-Leage.

  11. csbanter - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    It’s time for Pistons fans to get over blaming Joe Dumars, he’s going to be fired. The Pistons like every other team not named Heat,Spurs,Thunder,Clippers will have to add players this summer to improve. Stop the pity party.

  12. jcmeyer10 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Not his fault he was offered stupid money. He is who he is and shouldn’t be totally scapegoated for this tire fire.

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