Josh Smith

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Josh Smith
Josh Smith 2014.jpg
Smith with the Pistons
No. 6 – Detroit Pistons
Position Power forward / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-12-05) December 5, 1985 (age 28)
College Park, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school McEachern
(Powder Springs, Georgia)
Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro playing career 2004–present
Career history
20042013 Atlanta Hawks
2013–present Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Josh Smith (born December 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played for his hometown Atlanta Hawks, where he spent the first nine seasons of his career.

Josh is one of five children born to Pete and Paulette Smith. His siblings are Walter, Phebe, Kasola and Shanti. His popular nickname is "J-Smoove".[1]

High school career[edit]

Smith attended John McEachern High School in Powder Springs Georgia. During the summer before his senior year Smith played alongside future NBA players Randolph Morris and childhood friend Dwight Howard on the highly regarded Atlanta Celtics AAU team.[2][3] For his senior year, Smith transferred to Oak Hill Academy. At Oak Hill he was teammates with Rajon Rondo. During their senior year Smith and Rondo led Oak Hill to a 38-0 record, while Smith averaged 22 points per game, eight rebounds, three steals, four assists and six blocks per game.[4]

Smith was one of the most highly touted recruits for the class of 2004. Rivals.com rated Smith the third best player in the nation, and the number one small forward in the nation.[5] Although Smith committed to play for Indiana University he ultimately decided to forgo college and enter the NBA Draft.[6]

NBA career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

On August 8, 2008, Smith signed an offer sheet to play with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the Hawks quickly matched the offer sheet.[10][11] 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.[7]

On February 2, 2010, in a 99-106 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Smith became the youngest player (at 24 years old) to block 1000 shots.[12] Later, Smith was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time in his career.

Detroit Pistons[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Smith signed with the Detroit Pistons[13] on a reported four-year, $54 million deal.[14] On January 10, 2014, Smith recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks, and 4 steals in a 114-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[15]

On February 22, 2014, Smith recorded a first half career high of 24 points as he went on to finish with a season high of 32 in a 102-113 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[16]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Atlanta 74 59 27.7 .455 .174 .688 6.2 1.7 .8 1.9 9.7
2005–06 Atlanta 80 73 32.0 .425 .309 .719 6.6 2.4 .8 2.6 11.3
2006–07 Atlanta 72 72 36.8 .439 .250 .693 8.6 3.3 1.4 2.9 16.4
2007–08 Atlanta 81 81 35.5 .457 .253 .710 8.2 3.4 1.5 2.8 17.2
2008–09 Atlanta 69 69 35.1 .492 .299 .588 7.2 2.4 1.4 1.6 15.6
2009–10 Atlanta 81 81 35.4 .505 .000 .618 8.7 4.2 1.6 2.1 15.7
2010–11 Atlanta 77 77 34.4 .477 .331 .725 8.5 3.3 1.3 1.6 16.5
2011–12 Atlanta 66 66 35.3 .458 .257 .630 9.6 3.9 1.4 1.7 18.8
2012–13 Atlanta 76 76 35.3 .465 .303 .517 8.4 4.2 1.2 1.8 17.5
2013–14 Detroit 77 76 35.5 .419 .264 .532 6.8 3.3 1.4 1.4 16.4
Career 753 730 34.3 .459 .279 .643 7.9 3.2 1.3 2.1 15.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Atlanta 7 7 33.9 .398 .167 .841 6.4 2.9 1.7 2.9 15.7
2009 Atlanta 11 11 37.3 .421 .133 .732 7.5 2.2 1.1 1.5 17.1
2010 Atlanta 11 11 35.6 .481 .333 .659 9.0 2.6 1.2 1.7 14.1
2011 Atlanta 12 12 36.5 .404 .125 .597 8.5 2.9 1.1 2.1 15.1
2012 Atlanta 5 5 39.2 .386 .000 .762 13.6 4.8 .6 1.0 16.8
2013 Atlanta 6 6 33.2 .433 .250 .528 7.5 3.5 1.8 .5 17.0
Career 52 52 36.0 .422 .172 .682 8.5 2.9 1.2 1.7 15.8

NBA records[edit]

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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlanta Hawks’ Josh Smith Has a New Nickname… [VIDEO]". straightfromthea.com. October 26, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Josh Smith/Randolph Morris Feature Story". NBA.com. November 4, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Interview: Josh Smith
  4. ^ Oak Hill's Josh Smith jilts IU for NBA
  5. ^ Joshua Smith – Yahoo! Sports
  6. ^ Top recruit all but says goodbye to IU basketball
  7. ^ a b Kent, Austin (August 17, 2008). "Never Send a Human to do a Machine's Job". TheGoodPoint.com. Archived from the original on April 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Marbury, Francis take control as Knicks knock down Hawks". ESPN.com. March 3, 2007. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bogut, Redd score 21 each; Milwaukee extends Atlanta's road woes". ESPN.com. November 17, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Josh Smith Signed to an Offer Sheet by the Memphis Grizzlies". bleacherreport.com. August 8, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hawks match Grizzlies' $58M offer sheet, retain Smith". ESPN.com. August 11, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Josh Smith - Youngest Player to 1000 Blocks". NBA.com. February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Detroit Pistons Sign Free Agent Forward Josh Smith". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ Josh Smith inks $54M, 4-year deal
  15. ^ Notebook: Pistons 114, 76ers 104
  16. ^ Notebook: Mavericks 113, Pistons 102

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
  • Josh Smith at Basketball-Reference.com