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Smith on Brink of Historic Season

20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block.

Those are the marks of an amazing season. In fact, since 1972, those numbers have only been put up a total of 29 times, with Kevin Garnett (9) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6) accounting for over half of them. Other players to have reached these numbers over a season include Larry Bird, Chris Webber, Charles Barkley, and Karl Malone. Well, guess who is on the verge of adding their name to that list this year? That’s right, Atlanta’s very own J-Smoove.

Now, it will take a helluva finish from Josh to reach those marks; he’d have to average 27.2 points, 12.1 boards, and about five assists over the last nine games. Of course, it is possible, as Smoove nearly averaged those marks during a couple of stretches in March.

Now, the fact that Josh is even close to these marks speaks volumes. It shows how he has truly elevated his game in Al Horford’s absence, despite the increase in erratic shooting. Besides the career highs in points and rebounds, he also has highs in PER, rebounding percentage, assist percentage, and defWS/48, along with a career low in turnover percentage.

These numbers have led me believe that Josh is worthy for a spot on the All-NBA teams, and I’m not the only one. If anything, he should have a spot on the All-Defensive team, although we know that the voters for that squad may have a skewed view of reality. (*cough* Kobe the last 3 years? *cough*)

Let’s hope Josh can keep up this play through the end of the season and the playoffs. At least we no longer have the dilemma of identifying who the best player on the Hawks really is.

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