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Ish Smith isnt the Pistons answer, but hes part of the solution

Ish Smith isnt the Pistons answer, but hes part of the solution
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Henry Ellenson (Marquette) walks off stage after being selected as the number eighteen overall pick to the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Leta€™s open with the obvious: Therea€™s no easy fix for theseA Detroit Pistons.

Theya€™re flawed, sure, but right now it feels like the end of the world. Ita€™s a broken team. Ita€™s a car without a starter, a nail without a hammer.

One of the biggest reasons for that isA Ish Smith, or a lack of Ish. It turns out losing the smallest player on the roster has had the biggest impact on the season.

SinceA SmithA tore his right adductor muscle in an early-December game against theA Milwaukee Bucks, the Pistonsa€™ early success has wilted. Then it burnt to the ground before being sucked up by a tornado and spit out again. Then it was burnt again for good measure.

Catch my drift?

Detroit has lost 14 of 19 sinceA SmithA went down. Therea€™s a myriad of reasons for that.A Blake GriffinA is the only consistent source of offense. The interior defense is a wreck. The perimeter shooting is colder than downtown Detroit in late January.

But the bench, one that played well early in the year, has tanked.

Pistons coachA Dwane CaseyA has done plenty of tinkering with his rotation this season, but hea€™s primarily stuck with three bench lineups:

A.A Smith,A Jose Calderon,A Langston Galloway,A Stanley JohnsonA andA Zaza Pachulia.

B. Smith, Bruce Brown,A Galloway,A JohnsonA andA Pachulia.

C.A Calderon,A Luke Kennard,A Galloway,A JohnsonA andA Pachulia.

If you had to rank them from best performing to worst, youa€™d probably rank them in that order (A, B, C) right?

Well,A according to, the Pistonsa€™ BEST lineup (at least 15 minutes together) this season has been the first group. Thata€™s not just best bench lineup. Thata€™s best overall. The Pistons boast an offensive rating of 119.6 and a defensive rating of 77.1 with that group on the floor, good for a 42.5 net rating.

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