It looks like former Kentucky Wildcats point guard Brandon Knight will be getting a big boost in Detroit, as the Pistons have reportedly agreed to a deal with forward Josh Smith:
Josh Smith has agreed to a four year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
Smith actually has some significant experience playing with former Wildcats. For his senior year, Smith transferred to Oak Hill Academy. As a player for Oak Hill’s basketball team, he first earned his reputation as a consummate shot-blocker, which he would maintain in the NBA. He played alongside future NBA players Randolph Morris, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard on the highly regarded Atlanta Celtics AAU team in the summer of 2003.
Smith declared for the NBA Draft straight out of high school, and was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Since coming to the league, Smith has broke several franchise records with the Hawks, and has just barely missed out on making the NBA All-Star games over the past few seasons. He’s developed into one of the better all-around forwards in the game, and with a front-line of Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Smith, the Pistons will likely find themselves right back in the postseason hunt after failing to get there in the past four seasons.
On March 3, 2007, Smith broke the 500-block mark, making him the youngest player to do so in NBA history.
On February 2, 2010, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Smith became the youngest player (at 24 years old) to block 1000 shots.
The 27-year-old Smith is considered among the best players to never be selected to the All-Star Game. Smith averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season and has spent his entire career up to this point as a member of the Hawks.