For Detroit Pistons To Work Josh Smith Has Got To Go


Apr 2, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Pistons forward

Josh Smith

(6) shoots over Indiana Pacers forward

Paul George

(24) during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013-14 version of the Detroit Pistons had fans very excited going into the season and just as puzzled after it ended. The talented and high-priced roster never seemed to get it together costing first year coach Maurice Cheeks his job midway through the season.

A column by beat writer Vince Ellis sheds light as to why the last years Pistons team never seemed to fire on all cylinders.

The column centers around Greg Monroe and his feelings of betrayal over the signing of power forward Josh Smith last season.

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After being the face of the Detroit Pistons franchise for two years Greg Monroe quickly became over shadowed, first by Andre Drummond and then ultimately by Josh Smith.

Monroe never seemingly wanted to get to free agency hoping that the Pistons would give him the max contract he thinks he deserved. But when the Pistons signed Smith, Monroe was pushed to the back burner again.

Now that Stan Van Gundy has promised to use Josh Smith in his natural power forward position it seems Monroe will be asked to come off the bench. But judging by recent comments and stories, that is probably something he is unwilling to do.

So is SVG is to make this roster work either Greg Monroe or Josh Smith has to go.  After a year of watching Josh Smith take ill-advised jumpers and totally roll over on defense, the player to go should be Smith.

The fact that Smith didn’t work in Detroit should be of no surprise considering his reputation prior to signing with the Pistons.  It was crazy for Joe Dumars to think he would change once he donned Pistons uniform.  A huge gamble that ultimately cost Dumars his job and reputation.  If SVG can’t trade Smith he runs the same risk by keeping him on the Pistons roster.