On the first day of NBA free agency, where teams threw millions of dollars at free agents, former Central Cabarrus High star Ish Smith cashed in big.
Smith, a 6-foot point guard with blazing speed, was a primary target for the Detroit Pistons. And the Pistons got their man, signing Smith to a three-year, $18 million dollar contract Friday. Smith is a six-year NBA veteran. This will be his 10th NBA team.
Smith, who turns 28 this week, has played 323 NBA games, 75 of them starts. His career averages are 5.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Last season, Smith played in Philadelphia and New Orleans, averaging 12.6 points and 6.5 assists.
At Central Cabarrus, Smith was a top 100 recruit, who scored 1,775 points and a school-record 687 assists. He was named MECA-6 conference player of the year in 2006 (a combo league of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County schools). Smith was named Charlotte Observer Piedmont player of the year (for non-Mecklenburg County schools) in 2005 and 2006. After high school, Smith played four years at Wake Forest.