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.
Finishes with 13 points Monday
GDetroit Pistons
March 18, 2019
Smith registered 13 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal across 24 minutes in Monday's 126-119 loss to the Cavaliers.
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After six-straight games of failing to post double-digit points, Smith finally broke out Monday night due to increased volume. He will continue to get minutes as a facilitator for the reserves, and could be a more reliable option if he starts scoring on some more of the offensive possessions.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Ish Smith
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Friday Picks
4 days ago
If Piston’s starting point guard Reggie Jackson can’t play tonight after injuring his ankle Wednesday, expect Ish Smith, who has 21.8 points in five of his last seven games, to start in his place.
DraftKings NBA: Friday Cheat Sheet
4 days ago
The Knicks may have upset the Spurs in their last meeting, but LaMarcus Aldridge will ensure his team comes out on top tonight.
NBA DFS Breakdown: The Weakened Warriors
6 days ago
With Kevin Durant out, Steph Curry and the Warriors will look to avoid dropping the season series to the Rockets.
Week 22 Schedule Considerations
9 days ago
The Lakers have said that they will be limiting LeBron James's minutes down the stretch. Will the Timberwolves do the same with Karl-Anthony Towns?
DraftKings NBA: Friday Cheat Sheet
11 days ago
With a few question marks at the center position, Andre Drummond stands out as one who should deliver on his salary.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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 19 points in win
GDetroit Pistons
March 6, 2019
Smith posted 19 points (8-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, five assists and a steal in 26 minutes Wednesday against the Timberwolves.
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Season-high 22 points in win
GDetroit Pistons
February 23, 2019
Smith 22 points (8-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine assists, two rebounds and a steal across 25 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Heat on Saturday.
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Decent showing in return
GDetroit Pistons
February 8, 2019
Smith (rest) recorded 11 points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes Friday against New York.
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Expected to return Friday
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Rest
February 7, 2019
Smith (rest) is probable for Friday's game against New York.
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Listed out Tuesday
GDetroit Pistons
Rest
February 5, 2019
Smith (rest) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
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