Smith (right) with the Hawks
|No. 5 – Atlanta Hawks|
|Power forward / Small forward|
December 5, 1985 |
College Park, Georgia
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
Oak Hill Academy
|NBA Draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Josh Smith (born December 5, 1985 in College Park, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Josh is one of five children born to Paulette and Pete Smith. His siblings are Walter, Phebe, Kasola and Shanti. His popular nickname is "J-Smoove".1
Smith attended John McEachern High School. For his senior year, Smith transferred to Oak Hill Academy. As a player for Oak Hill's basketball team, he first earned his reputation as a consummate shot-blocker, which he would maintain in the NBA. He played alongside future NBA players Randolph Morris and Dwight Howard on the highly regarded Atlanta Celtics AAU team in the summer of 2003.2
Smith was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Having entered the league straight out of high school, Smith has publicly disagreed with the rule change that prohibited high school players from entering the NBA Entry Draft.3
He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during his rookie year in the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend. He averaged 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.95 blocks per game for the 2004–05 season and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. For the 2005–06 season, Smith averaged 2.25 blocks per game, ranking seventh in the NBA.
After the NBA All-Star Weekend, he continued his steady development. He finished second in the NBA in total blocks, 4th in blocks per game and averaged 15.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 3.1 bpg and 1.0 spg after the All-Star break and his contribution helped the Hawks double their win total of 13 wins from the previous season to finish 26-56.
On March 3, 2007, Smith broke the 500-block mark, making him the youngest player to do so in NBA history.4 Smith ended the 2006–07 season with 16.4 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.9 blocks, dramatically improving on his previous season's stats. Leading the Hawks after Joe Johnson's season-ending injury, Smith produced a career high 32 points and 19 rebounds in Johnson's absence. He eclipsed this mark on November 17, 2007 with a new career high of 38 points on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks.5
On August 8, 2008, Smith signed an offer sheet to play with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the Hawks quickly matched the offer sheet.67 Smith was told by Atlanta to go out as a restricted free agent to test the market, putting the pressure on Smith to essentially go out and set his price.3
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Correct as of 2012–13 season
Youngest player in NBA history to record:
- 10 blocked shots in a game, Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks, December 18, 2004 ( 19 years, 13 days)
- 500 career blocked shots, Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks, March 3, 2007 ( 21 years, 88 days) (206 games)
- 1,000 career blocked shots, Atlanta Hawks at Oklahoma City Thunder, February 2, 2010 ( 24 years, 59 days) (423 games)
- List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with 10 or more blocks in a game
- List of NBA players who have spent their entire career with one franchise
- "Josh Smith Bio Page". NBA.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- "Josh Smith/Randolph Morris Feature Story". NBA.com. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- Kent, Austin (2008-08-17). "Never Send a Human to do a Machine's Job". The Good Point. Retrieved 2008-12-24.dead link
- "Marbury, Francis take control as Knicks knock down Hawks". ESPN. March 3, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "Hawks at Bucks Game Info". NBA.com. November 17, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2012.dead link
- "Josh Smith Signed to an Offer Sheet by the Memphis Grizzlies". bleacherreport.com. August 8, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "Hawks match Grizzlies' $58M offer sheet, retain Smith". ESPN. August 11, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "Josh Smith - Youngest Player to 1000 Blocks". NBA.com. February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
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