As they spend this week trying out for USA Basketball a team that has drawn questions in recent years for its lack of size Pistons big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond are still processing the free agency addition of Josh Smith a talented forward who will give Detroit the opportunity to play what could be the NBA’s largest frontcourt trio. The Pistons’ decision to use their long-awaited cap space to sign Smith to a four-year contract worth $56 million drew mixed reviews to say the least. The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney liked the talent grab for a young Pistons squad in transition but Smith’s addition looked a bit redundant because he’s naturally a power forward who will likely be forced to log significant time at the small forward position where his weak outside shooting could be problematic. Out of 28 total players invited to USAB’s camp in Las Vegas this week Monroe and Drummond are among a group of just five — along with DeMarcus Cousins DeAndre Jordan and Larry Sanders — listed as centers. With smallball and three-point shooting en vogue around the NBA the Pistons’ collection of talent clearly cuts against the grain and it would seem to outsiders that a squeeze is unavoidable sooner or later.
Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond size up Pistons’ future after Josh Smith signing
SI | Jul 24