It wasn’t just Markieff Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who got into it last night during the Suns-Pistons game. It seems Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and forward Josh Smith had a verbal altercation when J Smoove was subbed out with a few minutes left in the third quarter. He did not return in the 88-86 Suns win. Read More »
Say what you want about Josh Smith. After an absolutely dismal first season with the Detroit Pistons, the lefty forward has barely looked better under the tutelage of Stan Van Gundy early in 2014-2015. But plays like these still make it so hard to give up on the thought that he can still be a true impact player. Watch Smith thwart John Wall’s one-man fast break by easily pinning the Washington Wizards point guard’s layup attempt against the glass. Read More »
/ Nov 11, 2014 / 10:15 am
The dramatic open-court skills of Derrick Rose were on full display last night with a few moves that made Bulls fans caterwaul for different reasons then they have over the last two seasons. Rose scampered for a one-man fast break and showed off his ridiculous hang-time for a double-pump assist to Joakim Noah. Another of his team-high seven assists showed how nimbly he vivisects the defense on the break. Read More »
Jason Smith is not known as an elite rim protector. New York’s somewhat stiff power forward was even used as an insulting comparison when Dan Le Batard was making fun of LeBron and the Cavs on Twitter last week. But the Amar’e Stoudemire replacement at the four certainly rose to the defense challenge when Josh Smith tried to thump it on him last night… Read More »
/ Oct 31, 2014 / 9:00 am
After the Nuggets defeated the Pistons on Wednesday night, 89-79, Kenneth Faried said “Josh Smith…shot them out of the game.” While Smith struggled after a great first quarter, his ensuing overreaction to Faried’s comments yesterday shows how much Faried’s words must have stung. Read More »
/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
/ Oct 23, 2014 / 11:30 pm
Nerlens Noel, Josh Smith (photo. r/nba GIF)
Rookie defensive maven Nerlens Noel had himself a night. The future of the Philadelphia 76ers had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 5 blocks in his team’s exhibition against the Detroit Pistons, showing off his wholly unique blend of disruptive tools. But you have to contest a shot to get a block or reach for a dribble to get a steal, and Pistons high-flyer Josh Smith caught a confident Noel going for the swat before taking full advantage with a wind-up lefty slam. Read More »
It’s a shame that Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith became a punching bag for criticism last season. That’s not to say it wasn’t warranted, of course. Smith reached a career nadir in 2013-2014, posting numbers across the board well below his previously established and generally solid norms. The genesis behind his decline is obvious: Smith was playing out of position at small forward, and fell easier victim than ever to his proclivity for hoisting jumper after jumper. Read More »
/ Sep 3, 2014 / 4:45 pm
It’s hard to avoid thinking about an 18-footer clanking against the iron every time one discusses the offensive repertoire of Josh Smith. The former Hawk and current Pistons small forward has a tendency to jack the ball from the perimeter despite his long, 6-9 body and 7-foot wingspan. But with new coach/GM Stan Van Gundy assuring Smith he’ll be around next season, he’s apparently dedicated himself to bulking up this summer in preparation for some time in the paint at power forward. Read More »
New coach and president of basketball operations for the Pistons Stan Van Gundy has a lot of work to do with a team that finished 31-51 after a pair of marquee signings last summer. The biggest one featured the free agent acquisition of hybrid forward Josh Smith who signed for four years and $54 million last July. Yahoo is reporting now that after rampant trade rumors the last two weeks, Van Gundy has reached out to Smith and told him he’s likely to remain in uniform next season Read More »