Ish Smith
Ish Smith
30-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the second straight season, Smith was forced into an expanded workload because of an injury to starting point guard Reggie Jackson. The latter ended up sitting out 37 games, which allowed Smith some run with the top unit once again. Smith finished with 35 starts across 82 games and essentially duplicated his numbers from a year prior with averages of 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists across 24.9 minutes. He also showed improvement as a three-point shooter, going 34.7 percent from beyond the arc compared to the brutal 26.7 percent clip he posted in 2016-17. However, with Jackson reportedly back to full strength and set to reclaim his spot with the starting five, Smith should shift back to a permanent bench role ahead of the upcoming campaign. A drop in playing time and production should be expected, so Smith's already lacking Fantasy profile will likely only get worse. Look for him to serve as the backup point guard and provide a reliable insurance policy behind the oft-injured Jackson, though he isn't going to be relevant in the majority of leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Pistons in July of 2016.
Plays 19 minutes in return
GDetroit Pistons
January 15, 2019
Smith (groin) logged 19 minutes off the bench and finished with eight points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block Monday in the Pistons' 100-94 loss to the Jazz.
Coach Dwane Casey deployed an 11-man rotation in Smith's return from a five-week absence, with the veteran point guard claiming Jose Calderon's spot on the second unit. Though Casey had occasionally used Smith and starting point guard Reggie Jackson alongside one another when both were healthy earlier in the season, Smith acted exclusively as the backup floor general Monday. Unless Casey changes course in future contests and deploys the two point guards together, Smith will likely struggle to crack 25 minutes in most games, thereby limiting his fantasy upside.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Smith performed well backing up Reggie Jackson at point guard last season. He was able to avoid the injury bug and played in a career-high 81 games, while averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists across 24.1 minutes. Those numbers were all down from a season prior, and there's a chance they continue to go down heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The Pistons surprisingly opted to bring in Langston Galloway this offseason, giving him a three-year, $21 million deal. The two will now have to battle for minutes at point guard behind Jackson, which could mean a dip in Smith's minutes. Unless Jackson gets injured, which is a distinct possibility considering his recent history with tendinitis, Smith will struggle to provide meaningful Fantasy value.
Smith joins the Rockets this year after playing with the Phoenix Suns during the 2013-14 season. Last season, he got a decent boost in playing time going from 10 minutes per game two seasons ago to 14 minutes per game last season. He also improved his numbers in every other important category, as he averaged 3.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.2 blocks, which was an increase from his averages of 2.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.2 blocks during the 2012-13 season. Smith also shot well, finishing the season with 42-percent shooting from the field. He's potentially in line for a good amount of playing time, with the backup point guard spot up for grabs. Smith will have some serious competitors with guys like Isaiah Caanan, Nick Johnson, and Jason Terry, but he'll have every opportunity to establish himself as a reserve for the Rockets. Whether he ends up behind Patrick Beverley or not, there's a good chance Smith will improve on his numbers from the last few seasons, and he'll provide the Rockets with depth in the backcourt.
The Suns are collecting ACC players, and Smith is the least likely of the bunch to find the floor. Stuck behind Dragic, a pair of combo guards and his former counterpart Marshall, he should provide decent playmaking ability in limited action.
Smith lost the chance to compete for the backup point guard role after injuring his shoulder, but is expected back by mid-November. When he returns, he’ll have the chance to challenge Moore for the gig, and his quickness makes him more of an offensive threat. He needs to improve his shooting, though, to earn minutes.
The Warriors claimed Smith off waivers late in training camp and he’ll compete with rookie Charles Jenkins to be the backup to Stephen Curry at point guard. Smith is one of the quickest players in the NBA and can get anywhere he wants on the court. He had a nice college career at Wake Forest before getting some run with the Rockets in his rookie season in 2010-11. We suspect there won’t be much playing time left over after Curry and Monta Ellis get their’s, so Smith will not have a major role on the team in 2011-12.
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Will play Monday
GDetroit Pistons
January 14, 2019
Smith (groin) will play in Monday's game against the Jazz, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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Should return Monday
GDetroit Pistons
January 13, 2019
Smith (groin) is probable for Monday's game against the Jazz.
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Ruled out
GDetroit Pistons
January 12, 2019
Smith (groin) won't play Saturday against the Clippers, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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Unlikely to play Saturday
GDetroit Pistons
January 12, 2019
Smith (groin) is unlikely to play according coach Dwayne Casey, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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Unlikely to play Saturday
GDetroit Pistons
January 12, 2019
Smith (groin) is not expected to play Saturday against the Clippers, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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