Ish Smith is the ISH! The Undrafted Journeyman Is Playing Great In New Orleans
Editor in Chief
Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.
Follow @David Astramskas
Do you remember when Ishmael Larry Smith was drafted? You shouldn’t because he wasn’t drafted. And if the name sounds familiar it’s because you might remember him – going by the nickname Ish – when he had short stints with one of your teams in the past 5 years: Rockets, Grizzlies, Warriors, Magic, Bucks, Suns, Thunder, 76ers. Or you might know him because he’s been killing it for you in daily fantasy leagues this season as a member of the New Orleans Hornets.
On Wednesday night against the Hawks, Ish was the Ish when he put up 18 points and 11 assists – one night after putting up 17 points and 12 assists against the Mavs. After 8 games, Ish is currently ranked 4th in the assists leaders, trailing only Westbrook, Rubio and Rondo.
“He’s doing a great job of pushing the basketball,” Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry said “This is a guy we picked up a week and a half ago. It’s been an adjustment for him. He’s done a good job. He’s tried to do everything we’ve asked him to do. That’s been really good.”
Good? The guy dropped 17 and 9 on the Warriors a day after being picked off the waivers. I’ll say he’s been doing more than good and if he’s still on your fantasy waivers then pick him up now! If you play daily fantasy leagues then keep on taking one of the best values in the game.