Ish Smith
Ish Smith
32-Year-Old GuardG
Washington Wizards
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Smith had played at least 81 games in back-to-back seasons, but he was limited to just 56 contests last season. His playing time was also reduced to just 22 minutes per game, leaving him with averages of 8.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds. After spending three seasons with the Pistons, Smith now finds himself with a new team -- the Wizards. It's a great situation for his fantasy value since he has a favorable opportunity to be the starting point with John Wall (Achilles) expected to miss the entire season. The Wizards did also add Isaiah Thomas, who could press Smith for the role. However, the more likely scenario is that Thomas serves as the team's sixth man and primary offensive weapon off the bench. Smith has shown he can be productive as a starter, averaging 12.1 points, 4.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds across 35 starts during the 2017-18 season. However, his lack of contributions in steals, blocks and three-pointers still makes him a late-round target. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Ishmael Larry Smith was born in 1998 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the son of Gwen and Larry Smith. Smith attended Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, North Carolina. As a high school senior, Smith averaged 24.8 points and 9.8 assists per game and earned MECA-6 Conference Player of the Year honors. He was also named the Charlotte Observer's 2016 Piedmont Player of the Year and earned all-conference honors his junior and senior years (2005-06). While at Wake Forest University, Smith earned a degree in religion. His community interests includes youth basketball clinics and the Boys and Girls Club. While with the Pistons, Smith participated in the Pistons Player Ticket Section, which purchases game tickets for underprivileged groups. Smith also participated in the 2017 Seeds of Peace Camp. His favorite offseason activity is traveling with family. Fans can follow the veteran point guard on Twitter (@IshSmith) and Instagram @ishsmith5.

College/International Summary

Smith is the only player in Wake Forest basketball history to record more than 1,000 points (1,114) and 600 assists (612) over his career. The assist total was second all time at Wake Forest when he graduated in 2010. The Concord, North Carolina native led the ACC in average minutes played (36.8) in his senior year when he was named to the All-ACC second team. The guard led the Demon Deacons in assists (185), steals (52) and field goals (176) in 2009-10 while also finishing second in points per game (13.2). His average of 6.0 assists ranked him third in the ACC and seventh nationally. Smith went undrafted during the 2010 NBA Draft and signed as a free agent with the Rockets not long after.

Scores 19 off the bench
GWashington Wizards
August 11, 2020
Smith finished with 19 points (8-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three boards and five assists in 26 minutes of a 126-113 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday.
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Smith made it eight consecutive games scoring in double figures in his team's loss. The ninth-year vet continues to be a reliable option for the Wizards despite his team's struggles that have seen them eliminated from the playoffs. They'll finish the season against Boston on Thursday.
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2019

Smith appeared in 60 games for the Wizards during the 2019-20 season. He averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks across 26.2 minutes. He shot 45.1 percent from the field, a career-high 36.7 percent from three and 68.6 percent from the free-throw line. Smith set a new career high with 32 points Jan. 4 against the Nuggets. He shot 15-of-24 from the field, 1-of-2 from three and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line and also provided eight assists, three rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes. Smith also set a new career high with four made three-pointers against the Raptors on Dec. 20. He didn't miss any shots, going 9-of-9 from the field, 4-of-4 from three and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, providing 26 points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 30 minutes. Smith's other single-game season highs were nine assists, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Smith had five performances with 20-plus points, 13 performances with five-plus rebounds and 32 performances with five-plus assists. He also had five performances with three-plus steals and 23 performances with at least one block.

2018

Smith appeared in 56 games with the Pistons in 2018-19, finishing with per-game averages of 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He eclipsed 20 points four different times last season and scored in double figures a total of 22 times. He saw his usage rise from 16.9 percent in December to over 21 percent in January. Twice last season, Smith logged over 30 minutes of action and proved to be most effective on offense when he played heavy minutes. In March, Smith tallied 71 assists in 16 games, the most in any month last season. Detroit's fortunes tended to go as Smith did, as the Wake Forest product shot 45.9 percent in wins versus 36.2 percent in losses. His three-point percentage followed the same trend; in wins, Smith shot 35.5 percent from deep while he shot 28.8 percent in losses. Not known as a rebounder, Smith hauled in 59 rebounds during the month of March, more than in any other month in 2018-19. Per 100 possessions, Smith averaged 19.7 points per game to go along with 8.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Considered a combo guard, Smith's speed and quickness are his two biggest strengths. His ninth season in the NBA showed that Smith has what it takes to run an offense and be an impactful playmaker on both ends of the court.

2017

Smith spent the 2017-2018 season with the Pistons. He played in all 82 games for the first time in his career and was the only member of his team to do so. Smith also made 35 starts and averaged 24.9 minutes per game. On Feb. 3, he scored a season-high 25 points as part of a 111-107 victory over the Heat. In the game, he shot .786 from the field. He also handed out seven assists. Smith's season high for helpers came on Oct. 25, when he dished out 13 off the bench in a 122-101 victory over Minnesota. The North Carolina native finished the regular season with three double-doubles -- all of which were composed of points and assists. His 4.4 assists per game ranked third on the Pistons behind only Reggie Jackson and Blake Griffin. Smith was also fourth on the team in steals with 0.78 per game.

2016

Ish Smith signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Pistons before the 2016-17 campaign began. Detroit became the 10th NBA franchise that he's played with over his seven year career. The 6-foot guard played in a career-high 81 games (32 starts) for Detroit. He averaged 9.4 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per contest on 43.9 percent shooting. Smith recorded 39 double-digit scoring games on the year. That included three 20-point performances and three double-doubles. Smith dished out a season-high 15 assists in a Feb. 23 win over the Charlotte Hornets. He collected 13 assists in a double-double just four games later. On Feb. 28, Smith swiped a career-high seven steals during a home win over Portland. The Wake Forest product caught fire at the end of the season. In his final nine games, he averaged 17.1 points and 6.4 assists on 46.1 percent shooting. That stretch included each of his three 20-point games for the season. The Pistons ended with a mark of 37-45 and missed the post-season.

2015

Smith started the regular season with the Pelicans. The reserve guard received substantial playing time in the Big Easy. Over 27 games, which included three starts, Smith averaged 8.9 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds over 22.9 minutes of run. On Nov. 6, he produced eight points and a career-high 11 assists in a loss to the Hawks. Four days later, Smith registered his first career double-double with 17 points and a new career-high 12 assists in a win over Dallas. Smith posted another double-double of 17 points and another new career-high of 13 assists in a win over the Spurs on Nov. 20. New Orleans then traded him to the rebuilding 76ers on Dec. 24 in exchange for two future second-round picks. Smith immediately entered Philadelphia's starting lineup and started 50 of its last 51 games. On Jan. 9, Smith scored a career-high 28 points to go with five boards, four assists and three steals in a loss against visiting Toronto. Nine days later, Smith dished a career high 16 assists and scored 16 points in a loss at New York. Smith ended the season with 12 double-doubles. With Philly, the Wake Forest product averaged 14.7 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 32.4 minutes on the floor.

2014

Smith signed an agreement with the Rockets in July of 2014 but was waived by Houston in late October after seven preseason appearances. The reserve guard then signed a deal 11 days later on Nov. 7 with Oklahoma City. Smith appeared in 30 games for the Thunder, all in a reserve capacity. His playing time was modest. Smith averaged 1.2 points, 0.9 assists and 0.9 rebounds over 5.2 minutes of run. On Dec. 31, Smith posted eight points, two boards and one assist during a home win over the Suns. He was traded Feb. 19 -- along with the rights to Latavious Wiliams plus draft and cash considerations -- to the Pelicans. New Orleans then waived Smith that same day. He was signed by the 76ers soon after and received a big boost in playing time. Smith made his Sixers debut on Feb. 23, posting seven points and seven assists over 24 minutes in a loss at Miami. On March 2, Smith recorded a career-high 19 points and nine assists at home versus Toronto. Then on March 11, Smith posted a new career-best 23 points to go with six assists and two rebounds in a loss to the Bulls. Over 25 games with Philly, including 14 starts, Smith averaged 12.0 points, 6.1 assists and 1.3 steals over 27.1 minutes on the floor.

2013

Smith was traded from the Bucks, along with Viacheslav Kravtsov, to the Suns for Caron Butler in August. And for the first time in Smith's four-year career, the point guard spent the entire season with one team, appearing in 70 games (one start) with Phoenix. The 70 games were by far a career high, and he also averaged a career-best 14.4 minutes of run. The reserve guard reached career highs in per-game averages for field goals (1.7), rebounds (1.8), assists (2.6), steals (0.7) and points (3.7). Smith also shot a career-best 42.3 percent from the field. On Feb. 21, Smith produced a career-high 15 points, as well as seven boards, four assists, two steals and two blocks during a win at San Antonio. On Feb. 25, during a home loss to the Timberwolves, Smith recorded a career-best four steals to go with seven points and seven assists. Smith twice grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. On Feb. 26, he recorded eight rebounds, 13 points, five assists and two steals in a loss at Utah. On three occasions, Smith dished a career-high eight assists. That included an eight-point, eight-assist effort on Apr. 16 during a win at Sacramento. The Suns finished the season with a record of 48-34 but did not qualify for the postseason. Smith finished the year ranked third on the team in assists per game.

2012

Prior to the season, Smith signed a deal with the Magic in August. After playing in 20 games with Orlando in the previous campaign, Smith appeared in 36 contests (three starts) in 2012-13. On Dec. 29, Smith received a start and scored a career-high 13 points to go with six assists and four rebounds in a loss to the Raptors. Smith was traded with J.J. Redick and Gustavo Ayon to the Bucks for Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb on Feb. 21. The Bucks were Smith's fifth NBA team in less than three seasons. With Milwaukee, Smith received less playing time, appearing in 16 games and averaging 2.4 points, 1.9 assists and 0.9 rebounds over 8.6 minutes of run. On Apr. 13, he dished a career-best seven assists to go with nine points and four rebounds in a road loss to Charlotte. The Bucks finished the season with a 38-44 record. They qualified for the postseason but were swept by Miami. Smith appeared briefly in all four losses to the Heat, dishing out three total assists.

2011

Smith was waived by the Grizzlies in mid-December before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season started. Two days later, the Warriors claimed Smith off waivers. He promptly appeared in Golden State's first six games, including a Dec. 28 start that featured 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals over 29 minutes. Soon after, the Warriors acquired Nate Robinson and Smith dropped from the rotation. As a result, Smith was released Jan. 13. Roughly three weeks later, the second-year point guard was signed by the Magic. The North Carolina native contributed off the bench in 20 games for Orlando and averaged 2.3 points, 1.6 assists and 1.3 rebounds over 8.6 minutes of run. The Magic finished with a record of 37-29 and faced the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. After Orlando won Game 1 of the series, Indiana won four straight to advance to Round 2. Smith appeared briefly in Game 3 of the series.

2010

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, Smith signed with the Rockets. Smith then split the beginning of the 2010-11 season between the Rockets and the D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The guard made his NBA debut on opening night (Oct. 26) with a five-minute, one-assist appearance in a road loss to the Lakers. Smith dished a career-high seven assists during a loss at San Antonio on Nov. 6. In two mid-November games, Smith scored a season-high 12 points. The Rockets guaranteed Smith's contract through the end of the season on Jan. 5. Then, on Jan. 16, the Rockets assigned Smith to the D-League Vipers. Over eight D-League games, Smith averaged 12.5 points, 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks and 0.5 three-pointers per contest. On Feb. 24, Smith was traded with Shane Battier to the Grizzlies in exchange for Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carolle and a future first-round draft pick. Smith appeared in 15 of Memphis' last 23 games, averaging 1.8 points and one assist over 7.5 minutes of run. Memphis finished with a 46-36 record and defeated the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Thunder in Round 2. Smith appeared briefly in five of 13 postseason contests.

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Transaction History
  • August 23, 2010
    Signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
  • February 24, 2011
    Traded by the Houston Rockets with Shane Battier to the Memphis Grizzlies for DeMarre Carroll, Hasheem Thabeet and a 2013 1st round draft pick (Andre Roberson was later selected).
  • December 14, 2011
    Waived by the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • December 16, 2011
    Signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors.
  • January 13, 2012
    Waived by the Golden State Warriors.
  • February 2, 2012
    Signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic.
  • February 21, 2013
    Traded by the Orlando Magic with Gustavo Ayón and J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, Beno Udrih and cash.
  • August 29, 2013
    Traded by the Milwaukee Bucks with Viacheslav Kravtsov to the Phoenix Suns for Caron Butler.
  • July 15, 2014
    Waived by the Phoenix Suns.
  • July 18, 2014
    Signed a contract with the Houston Rockets
  • October 27, 2014
    Waived by the Houston Rockets.
  • November 7, 2014
    Signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • February 19, 2015
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Latavious Williams, cash and a 2015 2nd round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2016 2nd round draft pick. (NOP 2015 2nd round pick received from OKC was protected and not conveyed.) (OKC 2016 2nd round pick received from NOP was protected and not conveyed.)
  • February 21, 2015
    Claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia 76ers from the New Orleans Pelicans
  • September 8, 2015
    Signed a contract with the Washington Wizards
  • October 24, 2015
    Waived by the Washington Wizards.
  • October 26, 2015
    Claimed on waivers by the New Orleans Pelicans from the Washington Wizards
  • December 24, 2015
    Traded by the New Orleans Pelicans to the Philadelphia 76ers for a 2016 2nd round draft pick (David Michineau was later selected) and a 2017 2nd round draft pick (Frank Mason III was later selected). (2016 2nd-Rd pick is DEN's pick)
  • July 8, 2016
    Signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Pistons
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed as a free agent a three-year agreement with the Washington Wizards.
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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.
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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Scores 10 points in loss
GWashington Wizards
August 10, 2020
Smith went for 10 points (3-7 FG, 4-4 FT), four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 22 minutes during Sunday's loss against the Thunder.
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Fills stat sheet in loss
GWashington Wizards
August 8, 2020
Smith tallied 18 points (7-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals in 32 minutes during Friday's 118-107 loss to the Pelicans.
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Entering starting five
GWashington Wizards
August 3, 2020
Smith will get the starting nod at point guard Monday against Indiana, Ava Wallace of the Washington Post reports.
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Scores 14, dishes five dimes
GWashington Wizards
August 2, 2020
Smith supplied 14 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 28 minutes during Sunday's 118-110 loss to the Nets.
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Plays 19 minutes in scrimmage
GWashington Wizards
July 23, 2020
Smith delivered 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals across 19 minutes in Wednesday's 89-82 scrimmage loss to the Nuggets.
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