Smith is expected to move back to the bench for Monday's game against the Celtics, Candace Buckner of the Washington post reports. Smith has drawn two consecutive starts in place Markieff Morris (illness) and was solid in relief, averaging 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.5 blocks across 32.5 minutes. However, with Morris back to full strength and reclaiming a starting role, Smith will head back to the bench and should see a significant decrease in minutes, which severely hurts his value. Smith's role is highly volatile when he comes off the bench and he often doesn't see consistent minutes in the rotation.
Smith scored 17 points (6-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 38 minutes in Friday's 112-107 victory over the Bulls. Starting in place of Markieff Morris (illness), Smith took advantage of his most minutes in a game on the year Friday night. His minutes have fluctuated between single and double digits, so it's hard to trust him on a nightly basis, but he's worth a flier in games where he steps up into the starting rotation or is line to see extra minutes due to the Wizards lack of depth at the forward spots.
Smith will get the start in place of Markieff Morris (illness) on Friday against Chicago. An illness will keep Morris out of action, so Smith will enter the starting lineup and should be set for an increased role. Smith played only seven minutes in Washington's last game Wednesday against Dallas, going 0-for-2 from the field with two rebounds and one assist.
Smith submitted a season-high 17 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) to go with six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 23 minutes in a 131-127 win over the Suns on Tuesday. After failing to crack the rotation in the Wizards' previous two games, Smith rewarded coach Scott Brooks' decision to turn to him off the bench. Both Smith and Ian Mahinmi came through with big outings from the second unit, prompting Brooks to limit the usage of frontcourt starters Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter. While Smith's excellent outing bolsters his chances of sticking in the rotation beyond Tuesday, expect his production and minutes to take a decent hit Wednesday against the Nuggets. Smith will need to string together several strong outings in a row before warranting roster consideration in most deeper leagues.
Smith posted four points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds and one block across 15 minutes in a 116-108 win over the Lakers on Thursday. Smith was second among the Wizards' bench options in minutes, which has been a regular development since about early January. Still, Smith has seen no more than 17 minutes in any of the Wizards' last five games, averaging a meager 3.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks during that stretch. He's unlikely to see his role increase further so long as frontcourt starters Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat both remain healthy.
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