Jan 20, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) takes a shot over Los Angeles Clippers small forward Hedo Turkoglu (8) during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Clippers beat the Pistons 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith says Detroit Pistons play selfish basketball (Video)

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith can be described in a lot of ways. One of which would be selfish.

That’s not meant in a negative light – it’s just what it is. I mean, this is the same guy who is among the worst shooters in the league outside of the paint yet continues to keep taking bad shots while suggesting he doesn’t care about his field goal percentage. Again – that’s fine, but, selfish.

So it’s a bit odd to hear the all-around talent suggesting his teammates need to stop playing selfish ball.

Smith scored 24, and in the games where he’s scored 20 points or more, the Pistons are 8-3. Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe had off-games, and Smith believes the team should be more unselfish, seemingly a simple solution.

“We’re very unselfish when we win,” Smith said. “Guys are helping each other out on defense, not caring if their man scores, just stopping the initial play. When we lose, it’s the total opposite — the ball is sticking and too much individual plays besides playing together.”

I get what Smith is attempting to do here and he’s doing what he can to be a leader. But sometimes actions speak louder than words and well, when this is your normal action:

It speaks loudly.

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