After officially signing with the Houston Rockets, Josh Smith made his debut with his new team about halfway through the first quarter of Friday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. It didn’t take too long for him to make his first highlight play:
This is what Smith in Houston has the potential to be, if he plays smart. The last few years in Atlanta and Detroit, he has—deservedly—developed a reputation as an erratic shooter who takes too many jumpers from midrange and the three-point line. But he still has a lot of athleticism and is a very skilled post player, and if he plays to his strengths, he gives Houston another weapon in the frontcourt.
Smith finished the night with 21 points on 9-of-21 shooting, including going 7-of-15 inside eight feet and 2-of-6 beyond that range. The Rockets leaned heavily on him down the stretch and in overtime because of a mismatch — the Grizzlies covered Smith with Vince Carter — and he had some key late offensive rebounds and the dagger free throws in OT.