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Ish Smith | Guard | #14

Team: Detroit Pistons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
College: Wake Forest
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Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was non-commital when asked if Ish Smith has earned a larger role at the expense of Reggie Jackson.
"What you try to do, right, is play the unit that gives you the best chance to win," Van Gundy said. "A lot of times you make mistakes on that and screw it up and everything else. I certainly have made my share, but that’s what you try to do." Jackson is averaging 8.8 points, and 5.5 assists on 32 percent shooting over his last eight games and doesn't seem to have the same explosion in his legs, while Smith is averaging 11.5 points and five assists in that same span. Jackson is just a low-end hold for now, while Smith is trending up as a speculative add for owners in need of dimes. Feb 13 - 10:54 AM

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Ish Smith hit 6-of-10 shots for 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes on Sunday against the Raptors.

Smith played the final 17 minutes of this game and was more efficient than Reggie Jackson tonight. Smith has played at least 20 minutes in seven of his last eight games. Heading into tonight’s contest, he was averaging 21.5 minutes, 10.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game in his last six, while shooting 64.6 percent from the field. He is not worth adding just yet in standard leagues, but is definitely a player worth watching. However, he can be added in deep-leagues at this time.
Feb 12 - 8:56 PM

Ish Smith thrived in 27 minutes vs. New Orleans on Wednesday, making 6-of-7 shots to score 15 points with seven assists and three rebounds.

Smith tied Stanley Johnson for the team's best +/- rating, at +36, and the second unit completely changed the dynamic of this game. The career 40.4 percent shooter is at a scoring 63.6 percent in his past five games, so it's safe to say that he's playing above his head. We'll let you know if he warrants a pickup at some point.
Feb 2 - 12:09 AM

Ish Smith was back in the Pistons' rotation on Sunday, coming off the bench for six points on 3-of-7 shooting, six assists, two assists and one rebound in 30 minutes.

Stan Van Gundy said he wanted to give Smith a game off "to sit and recalibrate," though it's not clear what the veteran guard was 'recalibrating' from in the first place. Smith would only be worth considering if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's shoulder injury proves to be a long-term issue.
Jan 16 - 12:39 AM

Ish Smith played 15 minutes with eight points, one rebound, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Friday.

If you haven't cut Smith in your fantasy league yet, go ahead and do it now. He likely won't be playing more than 15 minutes most nights.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 01:05:00 AM

Ish Smith had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 22 bench minutes vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

Smith had double-digit assists in two of his previous three games, but we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop now that Reggie Jackson is healthy. Jackson's minutes are on the rise, which is a direct threat to Smith, whose owners should be keeping a close watch on the waiver wire.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:49:00 PM

Ish Smith played 30 minutes off the bench on Tuesday and hit just 2-of-11 shots, but still finished with seven points, five rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Bulls.

Reggie Jackson played just 18 minutes and while Smith didn't play well, he was still effective. His run is coming to an end, but Jackson still isn't ready to run the show by himself in Detroit. If you own Smith, just hold onto him until this picture becomes a little clearer. There's a chance Jackson could be held out on Wednesday against the Hornets.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Ish Smith played 25 minutes off the bench on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting, two assists, one rebound and zero turnovers.

Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) returned tonight but he was on a strict minute-limit. Stan Van Gundy loves to give his starters heavy minutes, with Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope likely to dominate the backcourt, so Smith may not see this type of playing time for long. He's been very efficient lately, but is still a cut candidate for a more promising free agent.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:32:00 PM

Ish Smith will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Magic.

Reggie Jackson (thumb, knee) is making his regular-season debut tonight, although he'll be a minutes limit, so perhaps Smith can still churn out some low-end value. Still, his fantasy clock is ticking, as it'll be tough for him to do much on a nightly basis once Jackson is fully up to speed.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:59:00 PM

The Pistons finished their back-to-back set with a win in Boston on Wednesday, aided by Ish Smith's 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Smith sank 9-of-12 shots with zero turnovers in 36 minutes of action, a stellar performance that we're unlikely to see re-produced once Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) gets back on the court. Stan Van Gundy loves to play his starters heavy minutes, and Smith and Jackson aren't likely to share the court on a routine basis, so he'll be a cut candidate in the near future.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:35:00 PM

Ish Smith played a season-low 18 minutes vs. Miami, scoring six points with three rebounds and two assists.

Smith shot 2-of-6 from the field and he simply didn't need to play much with the score out of hand early, though it didn't help that Beno Udrih played well with 12 points and five dimes in 30 minutes off the bench. The biggest threat to Smith's value is the impending return of Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb), who is expected to return in early December. Once R-Jax is back, it shouldn't take long for Smith to fade into fantasy obscurity.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 02:04:00 AM

Ish Smith scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting Saturday, to go with seven assists, four boards, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Smith has been solid with the assists (6.5) and steals (1.4) this season, but he rarely shoots efficiently (39.0 percent from the field on the year) and his limited contributions to the other areas of the box score has him ranked outside the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues. He is what he is, but he likely won’t be worth owning once Reggie Jackson (thumb, knee) gets back to the court, which should happen within the next few weeks.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:59:00 PM

Ish Smith hit 6-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, eight dimes and two steals in Wednesday's loss to the Knicks.

After a lull he's scored in double digits in four straight games and had eight assists in two of them. He should be good to go, but will take a big hit once Reggie Jackson finally returns from his knee and thumb injuries.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 07:22:00 AM

Ish Smith hit 4-of-8 shots for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 30 minutes of Monday's win over the Thunder.

He was dropped in some leagues recently, but as long as he's the starting PG for the Pistons, he's probably worth rostering in most leagues. He's hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and is averaging 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals over his last five games. Just don't look for him to make 3-pointers and know that he'll take a big hit once Reggie Jackson (knee/thumb) is ready to play for Detroit.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 11:05:00 PM

Ish Smith scored 10 points and tied a season high by dishing out eight assists on Saturday night vs. the Nuggets.

Although he has been inefficient offensively, Smith has been doing a decent job running the team in place of the injured Reggie Jackson. He was 5-of-12 from the floor on Saturday and also committed four turnovers. Smith will be relegated back to waiver wires once Reggie Jackson returns to the lineup next month.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 11:35:00 PM