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Old 07-07-2006, 08:51 PM   #16
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Josh Smith will become the best player named Smith that has ever played for the Hawks.
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Old 07-09-2006, 03:58 PM   #17
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He Is Like A Young Kemp Or Connie Hawkins. Very Raw But Crazy Potential Future Allstar Trade Him 4 Crawford
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Old 07-15-2006, 12:36 PM   #18
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This is low-balling him. Josh averaged 11.3 ppg, 6.6rpg, and 2.6bpg this past season while only logging 31mpg. Almost zero plays were run for him on offense, and lot's of his points were generated by his defense. If he continues to work on all facets of his game and he improves at the same rate he did last year, Josh will be a 20/8/2.5 guy. If woody has any sense, he has a vet working with Josh on his footwork down low. With his vertical, he would be a terror (and much better than Harrington).

I totally agree with you. Josh got some of his points by playing great defense, put backs, fastbreaks, and a few open shots. During the end of the season, his 3s were starting to improve. No plays were run for him. Harrington will be gone by the time training camp starts. If he keeps hitting the 3s like he did near the end of last season, he'll be great at either forward position. If his ball-handling improves this summer, more plays will be run for him at the post. If it doesn't improve, I still can't see why they wouldn't run plays for him at the post. Other than Sheldon, who else has a good chance of being a low post threat than Josh? I'd put Josh in the post over Sheldon, because he looks more smooth. Sheldon, at times, seems so robotic with his post moves, like he's counting his steps. Well, he's a 4-year senior from Duke, so I'm not too worried about him. He's gonna be aight for a rookie.
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:29 PM   #19
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Josh Smith will NOT become an All-Star untill he develops his outside game...

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He was developing a strong outside game for a SF near the end of the season. He will be an all-star next year if not this year but that is pushing it.
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:45 PM   #20
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Honestly, I would like to see him take less three's than he began to at the end of last year. Granted he was hitting them, but it takes him out of his game, which is scrapping inside and slashing (doing all the intangibles). I would prefer to see him take a selective one or two a game and focus on the things he does best. Salim and Marvin need to be the ones hitting spot up three's...
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Old 07-15-2006, 09:03 PM   #21
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Josh Smith improved dramatically last year. His defense caught me by surprise. Most kids out of high school are mainly just offensive players. He does all the little things like scrap for the ball and rebound. The question is, what position will he play? He plays both forwards. The Hawks have a logjam on the wing. Johnson, Williams, Childress, Stoudemire, and Josh Smith all are wings. Smith would get more time playing power forward. He would have to work on his low-post game and defensive rotations at that position. Williams and Johnson will start on the wing, while Stoudemire should be their offensive punch off the bench. It is a toss-up between Childress and Smith who will get more wing time off the bench. If Smith decides to turn himself into a true power forward, he would probably start. He still plays more like a small forward with his slashing ability and face-up game. Childress is a better shooter and more fundamentaly sound player, but Smith does give the intangibles that nobody else does. The Hawks might have a choice if they want to acquire a more conventional underneath player to play with Shelden and Zaza. The choice would be who to trade in order to get that underneath player, Smith or Childress? This is if they don't get one in an Al Harrington sign and trade. Regardless, with so many wings they all need legitimate playing time. Unfortunately, in order to spread that playing time one of these two players would be the odd-man out.
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Old 08-06-2006, 06:56 PM   #22
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This is low-balling him. Josh averaged 11.3 ppg, 6.6rpg, and 2.6bpg this past season while only logging 31mpg. Almost zero plays were run for him on offense, and lot's of his points were generated by his defense. If he continues to work on all facets of his game and he improves at the same rate he did last year, Josh will be a 20/8/2.5 guy. If woody has any sense, he has a vet working with Josh on his footwork down low. With his vertical, he would be a terror (and much better than Harrington).

I think a 20 point season would be too much to ask from Josh knowing that thery already have one in JJ. I see a 15ppg, 7.5rpg, 3apg, 2.5bpg and 1.0spg. Somewhere in that area. But hey I would love to Josh average 20 a game.
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Old 08-06-2006, 07:58 PM   #23
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Josh Smith will never become a star player, unless he matures a little if that ever happens.
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Old 08-07-2006, 01:51 PM   #24
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he's going to become a good player. He rebounds very well for his size and his athletism is solid. His improving jump shot makes him an exciting dynamic player
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