Jan 5, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith warms up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Pistons F Josh Smith doesn't pay attention to his field goal percentage


In the past couple of years, the NBA has made it a priority to advance their statistics – especially publicly. That’s why last season the league completely re-hauled their website and began including advanced statistics for the every day fan.

In addition to the statistics, teams have been hiring analytical specialists to help teams improve their efficiency on court, but Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith is having none of that chatter.

Smith, who owns the worst field goal percentage for forwards in the NBA outside of the restricted area says he doesn’t pay attention to his field goal percentage.

“I just play basketball,” he said. “I’m a basketball player. People try to throw statistics in there. I’m not one to look at where I am on the court (when I shoot).

“To be honest, I do a great job of focusing on basketball and not really reading outside negativity or criticism,” Smith said. “I just try to focus on myself and being a teammates. What people say and write is beyond my control.”

While that’s great he doesn’t mind what people write or say, the fact of the matter is – he’s taking poor shots. Granted, Smith is a statistical machine elsewhere but an improved field goal percentage is only going to help the team and Smith be better.

Smarter shots should be Smith’s goal moving forward.

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