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5 Josh Smith SF
Height/Weight: 6-9/225 | Birthdate: 12/5/1985 | Birthplace: College Park, GA | Team: Houston Rockets | College: No College | NBA Experience: 10 | Owned/Started%: 99/85 | Average Draft Position: 48.20
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Rockets' Josh Smith doubles up on the Clippers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Clippers. 

Smith shot 8-17 from the field, including 2-7 from beyond the arc. He sunk three of his five free throws, finishing with 21 points. He was active on the boards, picking up 13 rebounds. Smith was able to spread his rebounds evenly between the offensive and defensive end of the court. Smith also added four assists, two blocks and one steal during the contest.


Rockets forward Josh Smith nears triple-double in win Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith scored 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, in Houston's 117-111 win over the Bucks Friday. 

Smith also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists in the contest. It was Smith's ninth double-double of the season and second since joining the Rockets. 

"Josh is one of the guys you can throw the ball to in the middle when they're double-teaming, and he just makes plays," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said.

He was two assists short of his first triple-double since the 2010-2011 season.

"I was just trying to be available for the pocket pass, knowing that they were going to double-team James," Smith said.


Rockets SF Josh Smith doubles up vs. Celtics


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Rockets small forward Josh Smith scored 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting while hauling in 10 rebounds in his team's 93-87 win over the Celtics Friday.

The double-double was Smith's first since coming to Houston and his seventh of the season. He also managed to tally three assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes off the bench. The Rockets will look for a fifth straight win Saturday against the Pistons.


Rockets SF Josh Smith scores team-high 18 vs. Mavericks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) Rockets small forward Josh Smith scored a team-high 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including 4 of 5 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 99-94 win over the Mavericks Wednesday.

Posting his best scoring performance since Jan. 5, Smith made a season-high four three-pointers after entering the game with just a 23.3 percent success rate (17-for-73) from behind the arc. ''I'm starting to find my way," Smith said after the game, per the Associated Press, "starting to find spacing and other avenues to be productive and efficient."

Smith also tallied six rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes Wednesday. The Rockets take a three-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Celtics.


Rockets' Josh Smith gets ejected in third quarter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith was ejected in the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

Smith received consecutive technicals, and was kicked out of the game. He played 14 minutes, scoring five points. 


Rockets' McHale: Josh Smith finding comfort zone with second unit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters he's still trying to make forward Josh Smith comfortable with his new role, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Pistons waived Smith on Dec. 22 before he signed with the Rockets before Christmas Day.

Smith started four of his first five games in Houston, averaging 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 29.0 percent from the field while in the starting lineup. He has come off the bench over his last four games, averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 boards and 1.8 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from the field over that span.

"The biggest thing is about getting him comfortable," McHale said prior to Thursday's win over the Knicks. "You can’t play basketball when you're thinking and funky. He has to get where he's comfortable. He felt more comfortable with that second team.

"I didn't know Josh. Really, honestly, he’s been great. I've really enjoyed him. He has a high basketball IQ, talking to him. He's done everything I've asked him to do. I've sat him down and said, 'Okay, are you more comfortable coming off the bench? Are you more comfortable starting? Where are you at, because this is about you being comfortable, not me being comfortable?' I just sit … over on that bench. I don’t have to be comfortable."


F Josh Smith ready to roll with Rockets on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) What was expected is now official - the Rockets have signed forward Josh Smith. He will be in uniform Friday night against fellow Western Conference power Memphis.

Smith has gone from the NBA outhouse to at least near the penthouse. He was dispatched by the lowly Pistons for underachieving and that team's commitment to a youth movement. But he is still averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists per game this season.


Report: Josh Smith hopeful of playing Friday for Rockets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Forward Josh Smith is hopeful he can sign with the Rockets on Friday in time to suit up for the game against Memphis, per Yahoo Sports.

The Pistons raised many an eyebrow by cutting Smith earlier in the week.


Report: Rockets looking to clear roster spot for Smith via trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Rockets are shopping players from the bottom third of their roster Wednesday to clear a spot for small forward Josh Smith, ESPN reports.

Smith committed to joining the Rockets early Wednesday and passed through waivers later in the day, but now the team needs to make some room on the roster to bring him in. The candidates to move include Clint Capela, Isaiah Canaan, Tarik Black, Nick Johnson and Joey Dorsey.

Smith is expected to join the starting lineup once he's ready to roll. He averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28 game with the Pistons.


Josh Smith excited to reunite with Dwight Howard on Rockets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Small forward Josh Smith is excited to be joining the Rockets and to reunite with good friend Dwight Howard, FOX26 in Houston reports.

"It's an exciting time for me," Smith told FOX26 Sports. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special. Playing beside the best two-guard in the game right now in James Harden, what more can you ask for."

Smith and Howard played on the same AAU team in Atlanta.

"I think I can add to their toughness," Smith said. "I think I can add to their versatility at the four position, being able to pass the basketball and score the ball down low. Just add another basketball IQ, which will help when we make it to the postseason."

Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28 game with the Pistons before being waived Monday.


Report: Josh Smith commits to sign with Rockets


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Forward Josh Smith, stunningly waived by the Pistons on Monday, has committed to sign with the Rockets when he clears waivers at 5 p.m ET, reports Yahoo Sports. An earlier report indicated Houston promised Smith he'd be a starter.

Smith averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for Detroit while shooting a career-low 39.1 percent in 28 games. The Rockets were among several teams reportedly interested in landing Smith.


Report: Rockets assure Josh Smith he'd be a starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Rockets are assuring former Pistons forward Josh Smith he'd be a starter if he signs with Houston, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Detroit waived Smith on Monday and he's expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, freeing him to sign with any team.

Houston, Miami, Dallas, Sacramento and the Clippers all are reportedly interested in landing Smith, who was shooting a career-low 39.1 percent while averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 blocks.


Heat officially declare Josh McRoberts out for the season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) After undergoing successful knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Heat announced forward Josh McRoberts is out for the remainder of the season.

The Heat signed McRoberts in the offseason to be the starting power forward, but he was only able to make four starts for the Heat this season.

To lessen the loss of McRoberts, the Heat applied for a $2.65 million disabled-player salary-cap exception, reports the Sun Sentinel. If the Heat are awarded the exception, they are expected to use it to potentially lure Josh Smith to Miami.


Fantasy owners shouldn't cut Josh Smith just yet


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Pistons' may have decided to cut ties with Josh Smith Monday, but that doesn't mean Fantasy owners should necessarily run from him. At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, I detailed exactly why hanging on to him is the best course of action at this point:

"Smith is one player whose Fantasy value might be helped by a lower scoring volume. He's just not a good enough scorer to justify taking the number of shots he does, and he actively hurts your team with every shot he takes. Given the teams rumored to be interested in Smith -- Miami, Houston, Dallas, Sacramento -- he will likely slide into a role more fitting of his offensive abilities. At 8-10 shots per game, Smith starts looking like a much valuable Fantasy option."

If Smith can land somewhere he can get 30-ish minutes with less of an emphasis on scoring, his Fantasy value might actually improve. The Rockets look like the leader to land him at this point, which might not necessarily be the best spot, but he would still likely do enough to justify a spot on your roster. Remain patient while his free agency plays out. 


Report: Rockets appear to be leader for Josh Smith


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Sources indicated the Houston Rockets are the front-runners to land forward Josh Smith, reports Yahoo Sports.

Smith was waived by the Pistons on Monday and is expected to clear waivers on Wendesday. If he clears waivers, Smith would be free to sign with any team.

The Rockets tried to lure Smith to the team when he was a free agent in 2013. Smith is also reportedly good friends with Rockets center Dwight Howard.

In addition to the Rockets, the Heat, Mavericks, Kings and Clippers have expressed interest in signing Smith.


Pistons waive forward Josh Smith


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) The Pistons announced they have waived forward Josh Smith on Monday.

"Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction," coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person."

The Pistons signed Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract in 2013 and Smith is due $14 million each of the next two seasons. To minimize the financial impact of Smith's release, the Pistons are expected to use the stretch provision which allows teams to stretch out contracts more than $25 million over twice the amount of years in the contract, plus one year, reports the Oakland Press.

Smith has struggled to fit into Van Gundy’s system. In 28 games, Smith is averaging 13.1 points while shooting a career-low 39.1 percent from the floor. 

With Smith's departure, forward Greg Monroe is expected to see an increase in minutes. Monroe is averaging 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds over 29.0 minutes.


Pistons F Josh Smith dealt with foot blister, leg injury last week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Pistons small forward Josh Smith told reporters he was hampered by nagging injuries last week, according to the Detroit Free-Press. Smith told reporters he was dealing with a foot blister and a leg issue, but told reporters he felt better after registering his second straight double-double on Saturday against Sacramento.

"Time is good. Bones don't feel as stiff, but just been able to get a lot of work in before the game, a lot of stretching, a lot of massages on the legs and try to open everything up to be a little looser early on in the game."

Smith is averaging 13.7 points 7.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 33.2 minutes per contest. He is shooting 38.9 percent from the field, including 26.5 percent from downtown through 24 games.


Pistons SF Josh Smith doubles up vs. Kings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Pistons small forward Josh Smith scored 21 points on 9 of 16 shooting while hauling in 13 rebounds in his team's 95-90 win over the Kings Saturday.

Smith posted his second double-double in as many games while also managing to block a season-high five shots and dish out five assists, but he did turn the ball over a season-high seven times in 38 minutes as well. On a positive note, his 56.3 shooting percentage also represented a season high for the forward. He'll square off with the Clippers Monday.


Pistons forward Josh Smith scores 23 in loss Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) Pistons forward Josh Smith scored 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting in a 108-101 loss to the 76ers Saturday.

Smith nearly recorded a triple-double with eight rebounds and seven assists. He also added three blocks and one steal.

The 23 points were the most points Smith recorded since scoring 25 on opening night.

The Pistons next play Sunday against the Thunder.


Pistons' Josh Smith flirts with triple-double in loss to Warriors


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Pistons forward Josh Smith posted his second double-double of the season and nearly his first-career triple-double with a 14 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. 

Smith also had four steals in the loss. 

The Pistons will next take on the Lakers Tuesday.


Pistons F Josh Smith solid Tuesday except at the foul line


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Pistons forward Josh Smith recorded a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in Tuesday's loss at Milwaukee, but he was atrocious from the foul line, making 2 of 10. Smith shot 4 of 10 from the field and added eight assists, three blocks and a steal.

Smith has hit 41.4 percent (24 of 58) of his free throws this season. He'll play the Clippers on Wednesday.


Pistons' Smith: 'I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Pistons forward Josh Smith was removed from Wednesday's loss vs. Phoenix with 4:04 left in the third quarter and did not return to the game after getting into a verbal exchange with coach Stan Van Gundy.

Van Gundy said Smith didn't return to the game because he wanted to use players who he felt gave them the best chance to win. Surprisingly, Smith agreed, and added he is struggling "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us."

"I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said, per MLive.com. "I've been in this game a long time, so all I've got to do is go back to the film and watch it, and see what I need to do to make myself the most effective as possible for this team."


Pistons coach backs Josh Smith


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy defended forward Josh Smith after a poor shooting night Wednesday, according to NBA.com.

Smith shot just 2-17 from the floor, but Van Gundy praised his work on the defensive end.

"Nobody’s talking about the fact that one of the top three scorers in the league went 5 for (21), only got to the free-throw line four times," Van Gundy said of Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Smith guarded Anthony most of the game. 

Van Gundy continued to support Smith, saying "he had a lot to do with us winning the game." Smith admitted he was "rushing a little bit" on the court. He said his early missing started impacting his game, and he found himself speeding things up too much. 


Pistons start Smith, Monroe, Drummond Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Pistons have chosen to go with a jumbo front line Wednesday, starting Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond at center against the Knicks.

Monroe came off the bench in his season debut Saturday, scoring 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Smith has averaged 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds over the team's first three games, while Drummond has delivered 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.


Josh Smith sitting out fifth and final game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Pistons forward Josh Smith is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, the final game of the season. Smith ended up missing the last five games of the season due to tendinitis in his knee, after appearing in each of the season's first 77.

Smith struggles through a disastrous first season as a Piston, averaging 16.4 points per game but shooting just 41.9 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from three-point range. He added 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks and steals in 35.5 minutes per game.