Move to Pistons’ Super-Sub Role Could Jump-Start Josh Smith’s Stalled NBA Career

October 7th, 2014 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Demotions aren't all bad.

Josh Smith spent all of last season languishing within the Detroit Pistons' space-sapping starting lineup, where his performance was unbecoming of the almost-All-Star who haunted the hardwood with the Atlanta Hawks. Moving to the bench as part of Detroit's second unit, as something of a super-sub, can help Smith regain the on-court swagger he lost last year.

The bench, though? Really? Joe Dumars didn't hand Smith $54 million over four years to dwell among second-stringers.

Dumars also isn't in charge anymore. Stan Van Gundy is the man now, and the Pistons' president and coach hasn't ruled out bringing Smith off the pine.

"We’re not there yet,” Van Gundy said to's Keith Langlois of playing Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond together. “We talked about it today. We won’t do it the first three (preseason) games, for sure. ... Everything’s on the table right now in terms of what we do, both starting and rotation-wise. We’ll just have to see where we go.”

At the moment it seems Detroit is heading in the direction that ...

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