The Atlanta Hawks 10 Years In The Past And Where Are They Now

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Josh Smith helped guide the Hawks to the postseason

The electrifying Josh Smith spent nine years in Atlanta, and in 2012/2013 he was among the best at the power forward position. He averaged 17.5 PPG and 8.4 RPG and had too many dunking highlights to count. He was a regular on NBA top-10 highlight reels. Even though he was considered selfish at times, and a “chucker”, he worked well in the frontcourt paired with Al Horford, as they were the main offensive weapons on the court.

Together they guided them to the playoffs.

His career-highs in his career are 32 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, four steals (three times), and six blocks.

Smith fell out of the NBA pretty quickly and unexpectedly, as he was out of the NBA at just 30 years old. Even though he came in as a teenager, it’s still shocking that a player of this caliber fell off, mostly due to his large contract and inability to be a consistent part of the offense. Josh last suited up for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018, appearing shortly in just three games. In March 2019, he joined Ice Cube’s BIG3 Basketball League.

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According to Players Bio, as well as his social media platforms, Smith is training to get back into the league, as he believes he still has something to prove.