New York isn't getting much from the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. He may be working off the rust from offseason knee surgery. He may still be out of rhythm following a five-game suspension to open the season. Or, in the worst-case scenario for the Knicks, Smith may still be feeling pain and discomfort in his surgically repaired knee.
Whatever the reason, it's clear Smith isn't himself right now.
On Wednesday against the Clips, Smith had seven points in 26 minutes. He missed six of his nine attempts, and the Knicks were outscored by 14 during his time on the floor. Against the Blazers on Monday, he was 2-for-8 in 25 minutes.
Smith is shooting just 32 percent from the floor this season. If he finished the season at this percentage, it would be a career low. He's also hitting just 30 percent from 3. The Knicks have been outscored by a combined 50 points with Smith on the floor.
Part of the reason management is comfortable with the idea of trading Iman Shumpert is because they believe Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. can handle the minutes at shooting guard.
But Smith hasn't proved that theory so far this season. The Knicks badly need him to find his shot before the season spirals to the point of no return.