Josh Smith Leading the Atlanta Hawks and Outplaying All-Star Counterparts

March 21st, 2010 by John Boller Leave a reply »
At the start of the 2009-2010 Josh Smith had a few goals he hoped to accomplish this season. Some of those goals were personal and some were team goals. One of those goals, making the NBA All-Star game, seemed like a sure thing for Smith, as he was having one of the best seasons of his career, while being one of the leaders on a Hawks team that was playing like the NBA’s next elite team. Unfortunately for Smith, it wouldn’t work out for him again as he was snubbed by the powers that be from being named to the All-Star game. Smith could have packed up his bag and hung his head low with another season at home during the All-Star game. Instead, Smith has gotten better and has emerged as the MVP of the Atlanta Hawks since the All-Star break. How good has Smith been since the All-Star break? In their 17 games, Smith has either led the Hawks in scoring, rebounds, and assists in 16 games. He has led the Hawks in points five times, in rebounds seven times, and in assists 13 times. Smith had a career-high 11 assists last week against the Detroit Pistons. But, just how good has Smith been? Well, let’s do some comparison analysis shall we. We will compare Smith’s ...

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