Atlanta Hawks: 3 legends Cam Reddish needs to study

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Legends Atlanta Hawks wing Cam Reddish needs to study No. 2) Steve Smith

Steve Smith was a really well-rounded player who was taken with the fifth pick in the 1991 NBA draft. He played three and a half seasons with the Miami Heat before being traded to the Hawks. It was here that Smith really came into his own.

In his five seasons with the Hawks, he led them reasonably deep into the playoffs. He had Dikembe Mutombo and Christian Laettner on these teams and yet Smith was able to lead the offense in an incredibly effective manner.

Early on in his career, Smith was a volume, reasonably inefficient scorer. However, later in his career, Smith worked out where and when to shoot the ball. He led the league in 3-point shooting in the 2001-02 season, going at 47.2 percent from the floor.

Reddish has the talent and potential to become a player who can lead a team. We are yet to see it with the Hawks but his ability to impact the opposition’s offense allows him to be a leader on the court. He needs to work on his ball-handling and scoring if he is to be a player who leads a team to greener pastures in a similar manner to Smith.