Free Agent Dennis Smith Jr. to Training Camp

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  1. illmatic99

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    Ant played most of his time at SG next to CJ
     
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    There is plenty of players that get more assists playing next to way more talented playmakers than CJ.10% is terrible, the guy just doesn't pass
     
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    I like it. I hope he sticks with the team.
     
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    A practice body is what I’m thinking here?
     
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    For a roster that wasn’t the problem defensively, we sure are bringing in some defensive guys, or at least better defenders
     
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    My one hope for this coming year is Stotts being on a telecast being asked about our improved defense and answering “ NO SHIT, look at the roster”
     
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    This is a worth while gamble cause if Dennis Smith get's his act together he could be a STEAL and if not then oh well .... next......
     
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    I think he dunks . Cool.
     
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    I think it's a great low risk with a potential for very high reward. I would be happy if he could impress enough to warrant a bench spot as a true PG.
     
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    the starting shooting guard? Not true btw. The two lineups he played in most last year were with Dame and as the lead guard of the second unit.
     
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    how long did he have the ball compared to CJ/Dame, though? im just saying the opportunities weren't there for Ant to get many assists in his role.
     
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    Does he still have the 48" vertical? Or did the ACL injury take care of that?
     
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    Smith had a similar usage rate as Ant last season and averaged nearly 3x as many assists. Almost like one guy is a point guard and the other is a shooting guard they’ve been trying to force into a different role. The less Ant has to run an offense, the better.
     
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    Another thing I like about smith is that he attacks the basket. Outside of Dame, Nurk, and Powell no one averaged more free throws/36. We know Billups values guys that can attack. I also wonder if Billups takes a liking to Smith, and vice versa, because their early journeys in the league aren’t that different; former lottery pick that hasn’t settled in anywhere yet.

    We’ll see who else gets a training camp invite, but I doubt it’ll be anyone with Smiths ceiling.
     
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    im in full agreement that Ant is not a PG, what I'm saying is that wasn't his role. It was always CJ as backup PG.

    this is semantics and i think we're aligned on this.
     
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    I am guessing the answer to that question from Brett Usher is...probably not.
    Against the Blazers where Kanter had 30 rebounds, it was a blowout. He did not shoot well but had a couple of steals and 3 assists. But I can't say I remember anything from that game other than Kanter. And I did not watch any other Detroit games. They are not high on my priority watch list.
     
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    What were we supposed to do?

    not make any changes at all? Bring in worse players? Lol
     
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    Admit that you built a shitty roster last year would be a good starting point
     

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