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Ish Smith claims every player on Wizards ‘has this love for the game’

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Ish Smith has yet to play a game with his new Washington Wizards teammates, but the point guard can already tell all the players on the roster love the game of basketball.

Smith signed with the Wizards in free agency. He will be the starting point guard this upcoming season with All-Star John Wall expected to miss the entire season recovering from his Achilles injury. Smith was supposed to battle Isaiah Thomas in training camp for the starting job, but Thomas suffered a thumb injury which required surgery and will be out six to eight weeks.

Smith arrived in D.C. a month in advance of training camp so he could get to know his teammates and the veteran loves what he has seen.

“We’re young, but the thing about it is that everybody has this love for the game,” Smith said on the Off The Bench podcast, via Zach Rosen of Wizards.com. “That’s something that’s infectious, it rubs off on everyone. That’s something that I love. Hopefully when you guys see me this year, I love to play the game.

“When you have that throughout the team, that’s something you can build off. And we’re young, so we should be flying all around, playing with great pace, and whenever you have an All-Star like Brad, you can play off him and try to make life easier for him too.”

With the Detroit Pistons last season, Ish Smith averaged 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line in 56 games.