The New Orleans Hornets’ Jason Smith: Is He the Next Dirk Nowitzki?

November 15th, 2010 by Paul Augustin Leave a reply »
Most Hornets fans probably scratched their heads and let out a “duh, who is dat” when the Hornets announced that they had acquired Jason Smith in a four player deal. Smith was acquired from Philadelphia in September, along with backup point guard Willie Green in exchange for Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins.

For coaches and fans alike, Green was the known commodity. No one locally, including this writer, knew much about big man Jason Victor Smith. He was pretty much considered as a throw-in player used to equalize bodies on the trade.

Green is not doing badly at all. He is coming off the bench and keeping the Hornets in the game while Chris Paul gets needed rest. However, after eight games, Smith is looking like a steal in the acquisition. He is averaging over 20 minutes, eight points, and 4.5 boards per game on 48.1% from the field and a sizzling 92.3% from the charity stripe.

On the streets I hear people asking questions such as “Where did this guy come from?” “How good can he get?” Is Jason Smith the next Dirk Nowitzki?”

While it is a bit soon to crown Smith the next Dirk, it is a questio ...

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