If you’re a Hawks fan, and considering you’re reading this article I’m going to assume you are (and if you’re not you should be), the first thing that comes to your mind when you think Josh Smith is his abysmal shot selection. Or shot “selection”, really. At least I know I’m guilty of that.
But right as we start to settle into our holiday groaning at Smith’s expense, he’s named the Eastern conference player of the week. And rightfully so.
Smith averaged a staggering 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2 steals, and about a million classic Smoove moments, as Atlanta rounded out the week at a perfect 3-0.
Including a decisive late game steal and dunk by Smith to seal a win over the Denver Nuggets. Finishing the evening with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
A thoroughly Clark Kellogg worthy, “stat sheet stuffer” performance against the Washington Wizards. Where he logged 23 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
And maybe most notably, his effort in a signature win over a powerhouse Memphis Grizzlies club. Where he notched 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals on a 10-17 shooting performance.
I obviously don’t need to say much as to why Smith deserved the award. Because his production can clearly speak for itself.
And while that may be, I will say that I think it’s important that we start acknowledging everything that Smith brings to the table. He’s a phenomenal talent, that I feel we as Atlanta fans often under-appreciated. Well, at least I do.
So if nothing else, this can serve as a reminder as to remember the positives of Smith’s game, before we condemn him for his negatives.
A huge congratulations to Josh Smith from Soaring Down South on the second NBA player of the week award of his career.
He is now the second Atlanta Hawks player to receive the award this season. As frontcourt mate Al Horford claimed the award two weeks ago.