I have been waiting to make this a new thread since the preseason, but I wanted to give fans a chance to see him with some real minutes. He gives the Rockets a solid inside defensive presence. Howard seemed to have as much or more trouble getting position against Smith as against Asik. You can't just ask Asik to block shots, play position defense, stay out of foul trouble, AND get rebounds. Having the second inside defender is critical. You also need someone who will intimidate so as to reduce the cheap shots on your key players. Smith is not dirty like guys like Mahorn, Rodman, or Artest (forget the MWP moniker), but he sure is alot more menacing than our other PF options. On top of Smith's defense and hustle, he has great hands, makes catches, never looks or acts intimidated or rushed, can get decent post position, and passes and hands off decently from the post. I say this is worth more even than Patterson's outside game. I like PPat alot (and our other rookies, Morris, DMot, and Jones), but Smith brings far more to the table at the moment. And, he is only 21.