Josh Smith

Are the Detroit Pistons still pleased they gave Josh Smith a big deal to sign him off free agency? Considering their record and his awful, on historic levels bad shooting numbers, there are probably one or two people unhappy with the choice.

Right now, Josh Smith has attempted an incredible 155 3-point shots in 42 games. That’s just under 3.7 shots from beyond the arc per game. There are 73 players this season who have played 21 games or more and are attempting at least 3.6 shots from beyond the arc per game. Only four of them are shooting below 30%, but Josh Smith, at 23.9% is worst than everybody.

The thing about Smith is that he’s on pace to take 300 3-pointers this season give or take. Out of the 667 players to attempt that many shots in a season, only 17, in all of NBA history, have shot worse than 30% from beyond the arc. Here as well, Smith is the worst of the worst, and not just by a fraction.

PlayerSeasonTeam3-point Percentage
Josh Smith (proj)13-14Detroit23.9
Antoine Walker03-04Dallas26.9
Mookie Blaylock97-98Atlanta26.9
Antoine Walker06-07Miami27.5
Latrell Sprewell94-95Golden State26.6
Allen Iveson02-03Philadelphia27.7
Jerry Stackhouse01-02Detroit28.7
Monta Ellis12-13Milwaukee28.7
Jason Williams99-00Sacramento28.7
Jason Williams01-02Memphis29.5
Corey Brewer12-13Denver29.6
Michael Adams90-91Denver29.6
Joe Johnson10-11Atlanta29.7
Gilbert Arenas10-11Total29.7
Jerry Stackhouse96-97Philadelphia29.8
Vernon Maxwell93-94Houston29.8
Damon Stoudamire97-98Total29.9
Paul Pierce03-04Boston29.9

Since this season began it’s easy to see that the 3-big man idea in Detroit isn’t working. Smith isn’t suited to play on the permieter, which isn’t stopping him from taking bad shots, making a career low 40.8% from the field. It doesn’t matter that the Pistons have changed their approach and Smith gets more minutes at the power forward position: He’s still opting to take bad shots, and the coaching staff in Detroit hasn’t been able to change anything about his destructive approach on offense.

Hat tip: Detroitbadboys