The Pistons improved, but not for fantasy owners
October 15, 2019, 2:39 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Isaiah Thomas (left thumb surgery) has been shooting with both hands recently but there is still no timetable for his return.
Thomas is roughly four weeks post-surgery and looks to be getting closer to a return. He will miss the first chunk of games and then will compete with Ish Smith for minutes at the PG position. Thomas will have every opportunity to show that he still has it and makes for a fine late-round lottery ticket.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 5:36 pmJustin RobinsonPG, Washington Wizards
Justin Robinson will start in place of Ish Smith during Sunday's preseason game versus the Bucks.
Smith was questionable coming into the night, but with Isaiah Thomas sidelined the team would rather be cautious. Robinson is worth a flier in DFS.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
October 12, 2019, 6:31 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith (hamstring tightness) is questionable for Sunday's preseason game versus the Bucks.
Smith sat out of Friday's preseason game to rest but now we are hearing about hamstring tightness. Smith is expected to open the season as the starting point guard for as long as Isaiah Thomas is out.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 9, 2019, 5:34 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (rest) and Ish Smith (rest) will get the night off as the team faces the Guangzhou Long-Lions on Wednesday.
This is nothing serious. The Wizards are giving their veteran starters the night off so they can see what they have with the rest of their roster in this winnable preseason matchup.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
July 10, 2019, 1:09 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
The Wizards have announced the signings of Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith.
And now fantasy owners can begin speculating on which player will start, as the Wizards have nobody else to contend with Thomas and Smith at the point guard spot. Smith has proven to be a strong backup and capable fill-in starter, but he's looked overmatched when given the reins for an extended length of time. Thomas is coming back from some terrible injuries and simply wants a chance to prove that he can still play. Both players make for fine fliers late in drafts until we hear who's starting, and Thomas is the play with the higher upside.
Source: Washington Wizards
July 1, 2019, 11:43 amIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Wizards according to Shams Charania.
Smith has established himself as a high quality backup who can take the reins in a pinch, but at the moment he's shaping up as the Wizards' starting point guard. That immediately puts him on the standard-league map, even with the warts in his game. Keep an eye on the rest of Washington's moves this summer to see if they add more backcourt depth.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 4:48 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New Orleans Pelicans
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have considered point guards like Elfrid Payton, T.J. McConnell, Ish Smith and Emmanuel Mudiay as free agent targets.
That's an unfathomable downgrade with Kemba Walker set to join the Celtics and Charlotte receiving nothing in return. There will be lots of usage to go around in Charlotte and we'll assess everyone's fantasy value when the Hornets finalize their roster. The franchise is staring down a painful rebuild.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 27, 2019, 11:42 amIsh SmithPG, Detroit Pistons
The Wolves have Ish Smith on their radar, per Minnesota reporter Darren Wolfson.
Smith would give the Wolves a solid backup behind Jeff Teague, though it would not give him the same path to fantasy value as he had in Detroit behind the less-effective Reggie Jackson. Minnesota could lose two point guards this summer so they're lining up alternatives.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 1:12 amIsh SmithG, Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith quietly ended the 2018-19 season with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, adding one rebound and four assists in 19 minutes as the Pistons trounced the Knicks 115-89 on Wednesday.
Smith's season was stifled by a right adductor tear suffered on January 2019, limiting him to appearing in just 56 games this season. His top-260 production in 8/9-cat was not enough for him find relevance in standard leagues this season. It also did not help his cause that Reggie Jackson played in all 82 games this season.
April 9, 2019, 9:37 pmIsh SmithG, Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith shot 9-for-15 from the field for 22 points with three boards, four assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes off the bench in a big win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Ish was clutch, scoring key buckets in a comeback win as the Pistons had their backs against the wall down 22 points. He kept them alive in the playoff hunt, leaving the Pistons with just one more game needed to clinch a playoff spot. He is as streaky as they come, but the trend is certainly up with Ish at the moment.
April 7, 2019, 9:53 pmIsh SmithG, Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith led the Pistons with 20 points on Sunday against the Hornets, going 9-of-16 from the field with four rebounds, four assists and two threes in 29 minutes.
Reggie Jackson didn't have it today and Smith more than stepped up, even if Detroit lost a game that might lock them into a date with the Bucks in round one. Detroit's backup point guard is a low-end assists specialist who has some upside on nights where Jackson is in poor form.
March 28, 2019, 10:02 pmIsh SmithG, Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith played 28 minutes on Thursday and outplayed starter Reggie Jackson, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds and six assists as the Pistons beat the Magic 115-98.
Smith hasn't been a good fantasy asset for long stretches this season, but sometimes finds his way into some late-round value just by some high volume nights. There won't be long-term value here while he's coming off the Detroit bench, but he's definitely a streamer during the good times.
March 17, 2019, 7:13 pmIsh SmithG, Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith was excellent in Sunday's home victory over the Raptors, turning in eight points, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 24 minutes of action.
Smith's speed was a game-changer in this one and he consistently blew by Raptors on the perimeter and opened up passing and driving lanes for his teammates. There was one possession in the second half where he darted in for two offensive rebounds that ultimately resulted in a 3-pointer, and he came through for deep-league fantasy owners with a nice line. Reggie Jackson still did work despite the even split of minutes, posting 20 points, four assists, two threes and a steal on 5-of-10 from the field and 8-of-9 at the line.
March 15, 2019, 5:33 pmReggie JacksonG, Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson (ankle sprain) will start on Friday vs. the Lakers.
X-rays came back negative so Jackson will assume his regular spot in the starting lineup. Ish Smith looses a lot of luster as a DFS play with this news.
Source: James Edwards on Twitter