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Josh Smith | Forward | #5

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (17) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Smith missed all four shots from the field with two rebounds and one turnover in nine minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.
The milk has gone bad for Smith, who has really just turned in one good game in his last four. The Rockets are really embracing the small-ball look, so that is bad news for Smith while Dwight Howard is healthy. He's not a great option. Feb 6 - 7:45 PM

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Josh Smith started at center with Dwight Howard suspended and Clint Capela out with a thigh injury, and hit 8-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's win.

This was easily Smith's best shooting game in recent memory, but with Howard and Capela due back soon, Smith will be heading back to the bench. He's still likely to get more minutes than Terrence Jones, but his horrid shooting from everywhere will probably do more harm than good to fantasy lineups. But he sure played well tonight.
Feb 2 - 11:22 PM

Josh Smith will start at center on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

Dwight Howard is suspended for tonight's game and Clint Capela (thigh) is sitting this one out, so Smith is expected to split the center minutes with Terrence Jones. Howard will be back next game and Capela is day-to-day, so feel free to leave Smith on the wire.

Josh Smith scored 10 points with one rebound, one block and two 3-pointers in 15 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

The Rockets didn't lean on him too much in this matchup. Smith is going to have a very bumpy ride in his stint with the Rockets and he's only worth a look in points leagues in most cases.
Jan 29 - 11:57 PM

Josh Smith scored 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

He played the entire fourth quarter in garbage time. Smith is really going to be bad in the percentages, so he's going to have a tough time putting up value in nine-cat leagues. J-Smoove will be very annoying to own unless you play in a points format.
Jan 28 - 12:16 AM

Josh Smith said that he feels "comfortable" playing in Houston.

Smith's return to Houston has made Terrence Jones an afterthought in the rotation, and through three appearances with the Rockets Smith has averaged 24 minutes a game to go with 7.7 points, 4.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks on 25.7 percent shooting from the field and 50.0 percent from the charity stripe. If you're punting free throws, Smith can be a worthwhile asset to own in deep leagues.
Jan 27 - 11:11 AM

Josh Smith shot just 2-of-11 from the field on Monday vs. the Pelicans, finishing with five points, four boards, four assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff has done nothing but praise Smith upon his arrival, and even though he is shooting just 25.7 percent from the field as a Rocket, he has clearly leapfrogged Terrence Jones in the pecking order. If you don't care about your shooting percentages, Smith is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Jan 25 - 11:37 PM

Josh Smith admitted to feeling "comfortable" in his return to the Rockets.

It shows, and even J.B. Bickerstaff has a "good understanding" of what Smoove brings to the table. "So for us there’s a fit, and Josh and I go back a long way," Bickerstaff said. In his first two games back in Houston, Smith is averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.5 blocks and a triple on 29.2 percent from the floor.
Jan 25 - 11:23 AM

Josh Smith had another productive outing for the Rockets on Sunday, scoring 16 points off the bench to go with three rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, two blocks and just one turnover in 23 minutes.

Smoove was actually a major component to Houston's comeback victory today, scoring 10 of his 16 points during the second-half and playing nearly the entire fourth-quarter. J.B. Bickerstaff praised Smith after the game, acknowledging that he was a "big part" of the comeback performance, and it's looking like Smith should have no problem earning at least 20 minutes a night with the Rockets. His field goal percentage will be annoying, but he's done enough to warrant a speculative add in deeper leagues due to his ability to bring a little bit of everything to the box score.
Jan 24 - 6:37 PM

Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff is excited to have Josh Smith back on the Rockets because of his versatility.

"We love Josh, what he was able to do for us last year," Bickerstaff said. "He brings another level of skill. More skilled hands on the floor is always better. He can make plays for everybody else. He’s very versatile. He should be comfortable with what we try to do, what we’re trying to get done." Smith shot just 1-of-10 from the field on Friday, but he did add five rebounds, six assists, two steals and three blocks in 21 minutes. His ceiling isn't great in standard formats, but owners in points leagues should give him a look.
Jan 23 - 9:58 AM

Josh Smith made his debut with the Rockets this season on Friday, making 1-of-10 from the field for two points with five rebounds, six assists, two steals and three blocks in 21 minutes.

Yeah, not a great start in scoring for one of the least efficient games of the year for any player with 20 minutes in a game. He did fill it up everywhere else at least, so it wasn't a total loss. Smith did run some point-forward tonight and the Rockets look like they'll use him. He's still going to need to get hot before becoming a pickup.
Jan 23 - 1:20 AM

Josh Smith said he is hopeful to play on Friday after clearing his physical.

If he has cleared his physical, there's a pretty decent chance he can give it a go. He'll be logging minutes at power forward tonight or even some time at the five. We'll have an update shortly. Keep Smith on the wire for now.
Jan 22 - 6:53 PM

Josh Smith wil make his debut on Sunday against the Mavs.

He is at the arena for Friday, but he won't play for tonight. The Rockets added Smith for insurance to Dwight Howard (ankle) and Donatas Motiejunas (back) while also making power forward less of a need at the deadline. Smith can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Jan 22 - 6:24 PM

The Clippers have traded Josh Smith to the Houston Rockets.

In exchange, the Rockets will send the rights to several foreign players and cash to the Clippers. Smith fell out of the rotation in Los Angeles, but he does have a path to minutes in Houston due to injuries to Donatas Motiejunas (back) and Dwight Howard (ankle). Additionally, this could also impact Terrence Jones' role in Houston. Smith can be very inefficient at times and doesn't have a great ceiling in standard leagues, so most owners can use a wait-and-see approach here. In 55 appearances for the Rockets last season, Smith averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.1 3-pointers on 43.8 percent shooting from the field.
Jan 22 - 10:29 AM

Clippers coach Doc Rivers implied that Josh Smith won't be in the rotation any time soon.

"Right now, why would you want to touch what’s going on?" Smith played just seven minutes in Saturday's blowout win over the 76ers, and he was coming off three straight DNP-CDs. The Clippers have won six straight games, so it sounds like Smith will continue to ride the pine. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 3 - 12:45 PM

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PG1Patrick Beverley
2Ty Lawson
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Marcus Thornton
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Clint Capela
2Josh Smith
3Terrence Jones
4Montrezl Harrell
5Donatas Motiejunas
C1Dwight Howard