Dec 19, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) scramble for the ball in the second half at Philips Arena. The Thunder won 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith Surpasses 5,000 Rebounds

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Last night, Josh Smith grabbed 13 rebounds as part of an impressive 23 point, 7 assist, 4 block and 3 steal effort in a game against the New Orleans Hornets. Those 13 rebounds helped him reach 5,000 total rebounds in his career, all with the Atlanta Hawks. That puts him at 8th all-time in franchise history, as seen in the chart to the right.

He is also in the top 6 in both offensive and defensive rebounds, but stat keepers did not separate offensive rebounds from defensive rebounds until the 1970-71 NBA season. Smith is in the top ten in
many other areas, such as games, minutes played, points, steals, blocks, field goal attempts, three point attempts and free throw attempts, per Basketball-Reference.com.

In Josh Smith’s 9 year career, he has always filled up the box score like no other player. In fact, Smoove is the only player in NBA history with a career average of at least 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal. Josh Smith is a free agent at the end of the year, and his situation has been monitored and dissected ad nauseum, but for the moment, Hawks fans can appreciate his multifaceted contributions for the last few games of this season. Regardless of whether he remains with the Hawks beyond this season, he has truly secured his spot as a franchise figure for years to come.

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