Being passive certainly isn’t how anyone would describe Pistons forward Josh Smith, but if he felt he wasn’t aggressive enough before, it truly can’t be said now.

Smith, in his first season in Detroit after nine in Atlanta, said it took him a while to find his way within the confines of a new team. It led to him likely do the one thing you don’t want Smith doing: settling.

“I kind of did. I wanted to be able to see where I fit in,” Smith said. “I didn’t want to come in right away and being super-aggressive.”

Since his first full month, where he shot 38 percent from the field and averaged 13.4 points, those numbers have steadily risen, increasing in every month to a nice February, averaging 18.9 points and shooting 45 percent from the field.

With the Pistons three games out of the playoff race and a treacherous month remaining, especially where Smith can play a part in keeping his former team out of the postseason, it doesn’t sound like he’ll take much of a back seat.

“I understand the importance of what the task is at hand and not sit at home, wondering what could I have done to get us into the postseason,” Smith said. “I want to be able to do that now. I’m working hard and finding my niche.”

It’s a tough task for any coach to figure out how to maximize Smith’s diverse skills while demanding more inside play and fewer jumpers but accepting those in the flow of offense.