There’s no question Jason Smith got off to a rough start in Washington. He shot 34.8 percent from the field in November and didn’t post back-to-back games with a positive plus/minus until the end of December.
Recently, Smith has turned it around in a big way. He’s been way more productive this month, and he’s making highlights as he does it. Earlier this month he swatted the reigning dunk champion Zach LaVine, he also blocked Karl Anthony-Towns, dunked on Gerald Green, and even outraced the Grizzlies on this fast break dunk:
Last night's @NATCA Flight of the Night is this slam from @JasonSmith014!#WizGrizz #DCFamily pic.twitter.com/LYfQ2LjYiR— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 19, 2017
So what was the turning point? Let’s go back to something he posted on Instagram on January 4th, right as he started to get it in gear:
More and more athletes are taking to flotation therapy. Steph Curry said earlier this year he does a float every two weeks, Ohio State’s football team uses them, and Tom Brady reportedly had one installed at his house.
For Smith, the proof is in the pudding. Look at how his performance has changed since that first float session:
The numbers stick out even more when you just focus on the games directly after a float session. In the first game after his first float session against the Timberwolves, he posted 10 points on 5-8 shooting, grabbed 3 boards, had 2 assists, and had those 2 highlight blocks mentioned earlier. He posted that he had his second session last Friday, prior to the Wizards’ game in Detroit. The next day, he scored a season-high 16 points and hit two threes, something he hasn’t done in a game since 2015.
Look, I’m no sports science expert, but I think the best course of action from here out is to get Smith in a tank as often as possible. Can someone become the next Michael Jordan if they spend every moment not playing basketball inside a float tank? There’s only one way to find out.