Mar 4, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith Surpasses 10,000 Points

Feb 27, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) reacts to a call during the second half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Hawks won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Time to put that one on the resume.

Atlanta Hawks star forward Josh Smith surpassed the 10,000 point milestone on Monday against the Denver Nuggets.

Prior to Monday’s matchup, J-Smoove had 9991 points, 5248 rebounds, 2085 assists and 1414 blocks.

After reaching the 10k milestone, Smith’s become the 24th player in NBA history (sixth active – Elton Brand, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki) with 10,000 points, 5000 rebounds, 2000 assists and 1000 blocked

Of the 23 players to accomplish the feat, only eight were able to compile those numbers with one team: Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston), David Robinson (San Antonio), Patrick Ewing (New York), Karl Malone (Utah), Julius Erving (Philadelphia), Tim Duncan (San Antonio), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Kevin Garnett (Minnesota).

Smith has scored 1,000 points in six of his nine seasons in the NBA (not including this current season, which he currently is hovering around the 967 mark).

His ability to shoot at a high percentage inside and make free throws at a decent rate (except for this year) has made it easy for him to log these totals. However, “Mid-Range Shawty”, as he likes to call himself, sometimes hurts the team with his poor shot selection (as we all know by now). Luckily for us and his teammates, he usually makes up for these mistakes by filling up the rest of his stat sheet.

Smoove’s resume is already quite full, being the fastest player to record 10 blocks in a game, 500 career blocks, 1,000 career blocks, and also being the Slam Dunk Champion.

The Hawks have certainly gotten their fill with Josh, considering he was the 17th overall pick in 2004. A pick outside of the lottery is expected to become a solid bench player, not the star with an Adidas sponsorship and a sweet powder-blue 1968 Chevy Impala convertible (just thought I’d mention that sweet little nugget).

Also, look out for Kyle Korver to hit his 1300th three-pointer in about 2 or 3 weeks. The sharp-shooter is just 20 shots from the mark. Of course, he is also continuing his streak of 52 straight games with a three-pointer.

This milestone for Josh is certainly something he should be proud of. As a player known for his two D’s (dunks and defense), it’s an honor to be in the same statistical category as other former Hawks Mookie Blaylock, Dominique Wilkins, Dikembe Mutombo and Mike Bibby…


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