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28-Year-Old    PF,SF    Detroit Pistons

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

16.4

REB

6.8

AST

3.3

STL

1.4

BLK

1.4

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

After nine mostly successful seasons in Atlanta, Smith struggled in his debut campaign with the Pistons. Detroit deployed Smith out of position, running him primarily at small forward while also giving him the green light to launch at will from downtown. The results were dis...

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STATUS:  Game-Time Decision    INJURY:  Ankle    EST. RETURN:  10/23/2014
HT: 6' 8"   WT: 220 lbs   DOB: 12/5/1985  College: Oak Hill
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #17 Overall in 2004   Show ContractHide Contract

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Josh Smith Contract Information:

Agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with Detroit in July of 2013.

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Josh Smith NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 74 27.7 9.7 6.2 1.7 0.8 1.9 0.1 45.5 68.8 1.8 2.0 4.2 0.3 17.4 3.7 8.1 2.2 3.2
2005-06 19 80 32.0 11.3 6.6 2.4 0.8 2.6 0.4 42.5 71.9 2.0 2.2 4.4 1.4 30.9 4.1 9.7 2.6 3.7
2006-07 20 72 36.8 16.4 8.6 3.3 1.4 2.9 0.5 43.9 69.3 3.2 2.3 6.3 2.1 25.0 6.1 13.8 3.7 5.4
2007-08 21 81 35.5 17.2 8.2 3.4 1.5 2.8 0.3 45.7 71.0 3.0 2.0 6.2 1.2 25.3 6.4 14.0 4.1 5.8
2008-09 22 69 35.1 15.6 7.2 2.4 1.4 1.6 0.4 49.2 58.8 2.3 1.9 5.3 1.3 29.9 6.1 12.3 3.1 5.2
2009-10 23 81 35.5 15.7 8.7 4.2 1.6 2.1 0.0 50.5 61.8 2.4 2.8 6.0 0.1 0.0 6.2 12.3 3.2 5.2
2010-11 24 ATL 77 34.4 16.5 8.5 3.3 1.3 1.6 0.7 47.7 72.5 2.6 1.7 6.8 2.0 33.1 6.5 13.5 3.0 4.1
2011-12 25 ATL 66 35.3 18.8 9.6 3.9 1.4 1.7 0.4 45.8 63.0 2.5 2.1 7.5 1.7 25.7 7.6 16.7 3.1 4.9
2012-13 26 ATL 76 35.3 17.5 8.4 4.2 1.2 1.8 0.8 46.5 51.7 3.0 1.8 6.7 2.6 30.3 7.2 15.6 2.2 4.2
2013-14 27 DET 77 35.5 16.4 6.8 3.3 1.4 1.4 0.9 41.9 53.2 2.6 1.3 5.4 3.4 26.4 6.7 16.0 2.1 3.9
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Josh Smith – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Power Forward
Also Listed As:  #3 Small Forward

1.  Josh Smith

2.  Greg Monroe

3.  Jonas Jerebko

4.  Tony Mitchell

Detroit Pistons

True Shooting Percentage

46.3%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Josh Smith had a true shooting percentage of 46.3%.

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Josh Smith NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 74 36.0 12.6 8.0 2.2 1.0 2.5 0.1 45.5 68.8 2.4 2.6 5.4 0.4 17.4 4.8 10.6 2.9 4.2
2005-06 19 80 36.0 12.7 7.5 2.7 0.9 2.9 0.5 42.5 71.9 2.3 2.5 5.0 1.5 30.9 4.6 10.9 3.0 4.1
2006-07 20 72 36.0 16.0 8.4 3.2 1.4 2.8 0.5 43.9 69.3 3.1 2.2 6.2 2.1 25.0 5.9 13.5 3.6 5.3
2007-08 21 81 36.0 17.5 8.4 3.4 1.5 2.8 0.3 45.7 71.0 3.1 2.0 6.3 1.2 25.3 6.5 14.2 4.2 5.9
2008-09 22 69 36.0 16.0 7.4 2.5 1.4 1.7 0.4 49.2 58.8 2.4 2.0 5.4 1.3 29.9 6.2 12.6 3.1 5.3
2009-10 23 81 36.0 15.9 8.8 4.3 1.6 2.2 0.0 50.5 61.8 2.5 2.8 6.0 0.1 0.0 6.3 12.5 3.3 5.3
2010-11 24 ATL 77 36.0 17.3 8.9 3.5 1.3 1.6 0.7 47.7 72.5 2.7 1.8 7.1 2.1 33.1 6.8 14.2 3.1 4.3
2011-12 25 ATL 66 36.0 19.2 9.8 4.0 1.4 1.8 0.4 45.8 63.0 2.5 2.1 7.7 1.7 25.7 7.8 17.0 3.1 5.0
2012-13 26 ATL 76 36.0 17.8 8.6 4.3 1.3 1.8 0.8 46.5 51.7 3.0 1.8 6.8 2.7 30.3 7.4 15.9 2.2 4.3
2013-14 27 DET 77 36.0 16.7 6.9 3.3 1.4 1.5 0.9 41.9 53.2 2.6 1.3 5.5 3.5 26.4 6.8 16.3 2.1 4.0
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Josh Smith NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 74 2050 715 457 127 59 144 4 45.5 68.8 135 147 310 23 17.4 274 602 163 237
2005-06 19 80 2559 902 531 191 64 208 34 42.5 71.9 162 176 355 110 30.9 329 774 210 292
2006-07 20 72 2647 1178 620 236 101 207 38 43.9 69.3 227 164 456 152 25.0 436 993 268 387
2007-08 21 81 2873 1394 667 272 123 227 25 45.7 71.0 245 161 506 99 25.3 518 1133 333 469
2008-09 22 69 2421 1073 498 169 94 111 26 49.2 58.8 161 134 364 87 29.9 418 849 211 359
2009-10 23 81 2873 1269 705 342 130 173 0 50.5 61.8 198 223 482 7 0.0 504 999 261 422
2010-11 24 ATL 77 2645 1274 657 255 99 120 51 47.7 72.5 197 134 523 154 33.1 497 1041 229 316
2011-12 25 ATL 66 2329 1239 632 257 93 115 28 45.8 63.0 164 136 496 109 25.7 504 1101 203 322
2012-13 26 ATL 76 2683 1327 639 321 94 136 61 46.5 51.7 226 133 506 201 30.3 550 1182 166 321
2013-14 27 DET 77 2730 1264 520 252 105 110 70 41.9 53.2 199 102 418 265 26.4 517 1233 160 301
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Josh Smith NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 18 74 27.7 50.6 45.8 13.1 13.9 0.9 13.0
2005-06 19 80 32.0 50.0 44.7 15.2 12.9 1.2 15.1
2006-07 20 72 36.8 50.6 45.8 14.5 14.0 1.0 20.0
2007-08 21 81 35.5 52.0 46.8 14.7 13.2 1.1 20.8
2008-09 22 69 35.1 53.3 50.8 12.6 12.0 1.0 17.5
2009-10 23 81 35.5 53.6 50.5 19.8 11.5 1.7 21.8
2010-11 24 ATL 77 34.4 54.0 50.2 15.6 12.1 1.3 20.5
2011-12 25 ATL 66 35.3 49.9 47.0 15.4 9.9 1.6 22.1
2012-13 26 ATL 76 35.3 50.1 49.1 17.2 12.1 1.4 19.8
2013-14 27 DET 77 35.5 46.3 44.8 13.9 11.0 1.3 15.5
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Josh Smith 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 16 at OKC                                
Apr 13 TOR                                
Apr 11 at CHI                                
Apr 9 at CLE                                
Apr 8 at ATL                                
Apr 5 BOS 27 11 0 3 0 0 4 4 9 1 2 2 5 0 0 2
Apr 4 at BKN 30 17 4 3 0 0 2 7 13 0 0 3 6 0 4 1
Apr 2 at IND 37 24 5 1 2 1 1 9 20 3 7 3 4 0 5 4
Mar 31 MIL 30 26 1 3 1 1 3 11 19 2 3 2 4 0 1 4
Mar 29 at PHI 25 4 6 1 0 1 4 2 8 0 0 0 3 1 5 4
Mar 28 MIA 27 9 2 3 1 1 3 4 14 0 0 1 5 0 2 4
Mar 26 CLE 44 24 8 6 0 3 2 11 23 1 3 1 5 1 7 2
Mar 24 at UTA 30 12 7 1 0 1 3 4 9 2 4 2 3 1 6 1
Mar 22 at LAC 34 12 3 2 1 2 4 6 16 0 1 0 4 2 1 3
Mar 21 at PHO 43 15 10 2 1 0 3 7 19 0 8 1 5 0 10 2
Mar 19 at DEN 23 8 7 1 0 2 0 4 11 0 0 0 1 1 6 2
Mar 15 IND 35 23 4 1 2 4 3 10 23 2 3 1 3 0 4 3
Mar 12 at TOR 37 13 6 1 1 1 2 5 17 1 5 2 5 1 5 2
Mar 11 SAC 33 24 8 2 0 0 2 10 17 2 4 2 2 1 7 3
Mar 9 at BOS 39 28 11 1 0 1 4 12 24 1 5 3 6 4 7 3
Mar 7 at MIN 29 13 7 4 0 1 4 4 14 5 8 0 1 2 5 2
Mar 5 CHI 41 15 9 5 2 6 1 6 21 2 2 1 3 1 8 3
Mar 3 NYK 42 15 6 2 1 0 3 5 17 5 9 0 2 1 5 1
Mar 1 at HOU 42 21 6 3 1 2 0 8 24 5 6 0 3 3 3 5
Feb 26 at SAS 43 24 6 5 3 1 3 10 19 2 4 2 3 0 6 5
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Feb 24 GSW 39 18 11 7 1 1 3 9 24 0 3 0 1 2 9 4
Feb 22 DAL 38 32 3 3 1 3 4 14 20 3 4 1 1 0 3 2
Feb 21 ATL 37 17 10 4 1 1 4 7 17 2 2 1 3 2 8 3
Feb 19 at CHA 41 14 4 4 0 2 1 7 18 0 1 0 3 0 4 3
Feb 18 CHA 37 12 11 1 0 0 2 5 17 2 6 0 2 3 8 3
Feb 12 CLE 40 18 10 3 0 4 2 7 15 3 6 1 3 1 9 4
Feb 10 SAS 38 12 6 2 2 1 2 4 12 4 4 0 1 0 6 1
Feb 8 DEN 46 30 10 8 4 1 4 14 27 1 4 1 5 3 7 3
Feb 7 BKN 35 23 8 7 1 4 1 9 16 4 5 1 3 1 7 1
Feb 5 at ORL 41 25 12 3 1 1 2 11 19 3 9 0 4 1 11 5
Feb 3 at MIA 38 12 6 6 3 0 6 5 20 1 1 1 4 2 4 2
Feb 1 PHI 30 9 9 7 4 1 5 4 10 1 5 0 2 4 5 2
Jan 29 at ATL                                
Jan 28 ORL 30 16 2 2 1 2 3 8 12 0 1 0 2 0 2 2
Jan 26 at DAL 41 25 8 2 2 0 2 10 24 5 7 0 2 3 5 2
Jan 24 NOP 36 13 5 4 4 1 2 6 12 0 1 1 1 3 2 1
Jan 22 at MIL 34 8 6 6 3 0 3 2 10 4 8 0 0 2 4 1
Jan 20 LAC 42 24 6 0 1 0 1 12 22 0 3 0 3 0 6 2
Jan 18 at WAS 35 22 8 1 2 1 4 8 17 6 10 0 3 0 8 5
Jan 17 UTA 24 4 2 2 0 0 2 1 6 2 4 0 3 0 2 1
Jan 11 PHO 38 25 11 5 0 1 2 11 16 2 3 1 1 1 10 4
Jan 10 at PHI 43 22 13 7 4 5 3 8 23 4 6 2 8 5 8 0
Jan 8 at TOR 31 13 6 2 1 2 1 5 12 3 9 0 2 2 4 4
Jan 7 at NYK 40 21 12 5 3 2 8 6 14 8 9 1 3 2 10 2
Jan 5 MEM 35 13 9 3 0 2 0 6 17 1 2 0 2 0 9 3
Dec 30 WAS 43 16 9 6 2 0 4 6 19 4 6 0 2 4 5 1
Dec 28 at WAS 18 4 4 1 0 0 1 2 7 0 0 0 2 1 3 0
Dec 27 at ORL 22 5 7 1 0 2 1 2 13 1 2 0 2 1 6 0
Dec 23 at CLE 31 25 8 3 1 2 3 10 18 3 3 2 5 2 6 2
Dec 21 HOU 29 19 6 3 3 2 3 8 20 3 7 0 2 3 3 3
Dec 20 CHA 41 18 6 3 3 2 2 8 20 1 2 1 3 0 6 1
Dec 18 at BOS 33 20 4 3 4 1 0 8 18 3 3 1 4 0 4 1
Dec 16 at IND 37 30 7 1 0 2 0 13 29 3 4 1 4 2 5 5
Dec 15 POR 46 31 7 4 1 1 1 13 17 5 6 0 2 2 5 4
Dec 13 BKN 35 10 6 6 0 1 3 3 13 4 6 0 1 2 4 4
Dec 11 at NOP 32 11 5 3 1 2 1 5 15 0 2 1 3 3 2 4
Dec 10 MIN 34 17 4 3 1 1 1 7 14 2 4 1 5 0 4 1
Dec 8 MIA 31 13 4 2 0 0 3 6 14 0 0 1 4 1 3 3
Dec 7 at CHI 35 7 10 3 1 0 5 2 11 2 2 1 2 0 10 2
Dec 4 at MIL 42 17 6 3 1 3 2 6 19 4 5 1 6 2 4 1
Dec 3 at MIA 39 15 4 4 2 1 3 7 21 1 2 0 4 0 4 3
Dec 1 PHI 35 20 2 5 0 3 3 8 14 1 2 3 5 0 2 4
Nov 29 LAL 44 8 19 8 5 2 5 4 16 0 4 0 1 7 12 3
Nov 27 CHI 34 13 11 3 0 1 4 6 12 0 4 1 4 2 9 1
Nov 25 MIL 35 10 7 4 1 1 2 4 10 2 3 0 4 0 7 2
Nov 24 at BKN 33 13 8 3 3 0 1 4 9 4 8 1 3 0 8 3
Nov 22 ATL 20 0 7 1 1 3 2 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Nov 20 at ATL 36 11 6 2 3 2 1 5 15 1 2 0 4 2 4 3
Nov 19 NYK 41 19 5 4 1 0 1 7 19 3 5 2 6 3 2 3
Nov 17 at LAL 38 18 8 3 2 1 3 7 12 1 2 3 5 1 7 1
Nov 15 at SAC 44 21 8 7 5 4 4 6 13 7 10 2 6 0 8 3
Nov 12 at GSW 19 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Nov 11 at POR 36 11 3 2 1 0 1 4 9 2 3 1 3 1 2 1
Nov 8 OKC 33 25 8 2 1 1 2 10 20 2 3 3 7 1 7 6
Nov 5 IND 37 16 7 0 1 3 4 5 16 5 8 1 6 2 5 3
Nov 3 BOS 36 15 7 3 2 2 6 7 15 1 3 0 4 1 6 2
Nov 1 at MEM 44 19 8 5 3 3 5 7 23 2 3 3 11 2 6 5
Oct 30 WAS 40 19 5 5 0 1 4 8 12 0 0 3 7 1 4 5

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Josh Smith: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Smith started at small forward in Wednesday's preseason win over the Hornets. He finsihed with 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 FT, 1-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

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Smith (groin) did not practice Saturday, MLive.com reports.

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Smith and Greg Monroe are expected to battle for the starting power forward job this preseason, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Smith intends to avoid the three-ball and place his offensive focus in the post during the 2014-15 season, the FOX Sports Detroit reports.

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Smith missed the final five games of the season with a knee injury, but he ultimately stayed pretty healthy throughout the course of the year and was able to play in 77 games.

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Smith (knee) did not play Wednesday versus the Thunder.

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Smith (knee) will not play Sunday versus the Raptors, the Oakland Press reports.

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Smith (knee) won't play Friday in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Smith, who has missed the past two games with left patella tendinitis, is listed as a game-time decision for Friday's tilt against the Bulls, the Pistons' official site reports.

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Smith (knee) will be out for the Pistons' game on Wednesday against the Cavs, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

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Smith will not play Tuesday against the Hawks with patellar tendinitis on his left knee.

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Smith will be benched Tuesday against the Hawks, AJC reports. Rodney Stuckey will start in his place.

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2013-14

Playing in a new city with new teammates may require an adjustment period for the veteran star forward, who had a rather disappointing 2012-13 season after arguably the best season of his entire career the previous year. Despite dropping in almost every category, Smith finished the year with averages of 17.5 points (47 percent from the field, 52 percent from the line), 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks in 35 minutes per game. Now on the Pistons alongside a frontcourt of the stellar Greg Monroe and rising sophomore sensation Andre Drummond, Smith's usage rate may decrease further. With Brandon Jennings handling the ball at the point guard position, the Pistons may have a very fast-paced offense, which could benefit the athletic Smith. However, he will need to make his presence known at the defensive end, where he can be very effective without the ball. If Smith can remain healthy, he can still perform at an elite fantasy basketball level. However, he will need to slowly adjust to a different style and team.

2012-13

In a season that started with Smith requesting a trade out of Atlanta, the forward posted career-best numbers, averaging 18.8 points and 9.6 rebounds in 66 games. He benefitted greatly from Al Horford’s injury, becoming the team’s primary frontcourt threat on offense while continuing to be disruptive on defense--recording high numbers of both blocks and steals. Smith has eased off the trade talk, perhaps because he’s entering the final year of his deal and can see free agency around the corner. If Smith continues to mature and delivers another boffo season, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent come next summer and will finally be in a position to play choose where he’ll play. Or maybe Smith is quiet these days because he’s giving new general manager Danny Ferry a chance before popping off. Ferry barely moved into his new offices before he traded Joe Johnson to New Jersey and Marvin Williams to Utah. Coach Larry Drew has been left with a guard-heavy team after the trades. Ferry envisions a bigger role for Smith, making use of his passing ability and having the ball move through him more. Smith has averaged 3.8 assists over the past three seasons, and any increased possessions could lead to even greater stat stuffing. It should be an interesting season for Smith in Atlanta, a franchise looking to shape its new core. Is Smith part of the next-generation of Hawks? Does he even want to be? It will all play itself out this season and Smith should be highly motivated for both personal and team reasons.

2011-12

The Hawks freakishly talented forward put together another solid fantasy campaign in 2010-11, but he once again failed to take that next step to superstardom. In fact, Smith took a slight step back from his stellar 2009-10 campaign. While his scoring (16.6) and free-throw percentage (72.5) saw nice bumps, Smith became less efficient on offense as he fell back into the habit of taking too many three-pointers. He shot just 33.1 percent from downtown while taking two treys per game. His poor shot selection has been a longtime problem, and he was even booed by fans at home during the Hawks short-lived playoff run after hoisting numerous ill-advised heaves. Under first-year coach Larry Drew, Smith initiated the offense less, which resulted in his assists dropping from 4.2 to 3.3 per game. That didn’t help his turnover numbers though, as Smith still coughed up the ball 2.6 times per night. Luckily for Hawks fans and fantasy owners, Smith remains a defensive dynamo with averages of 1.3 steals and 1.6 blocks. Smith is one the most athletically talented players in the NBA and still young enough to one day put his entire repertoire together and have an absolute monster fantasy season.

2010-11

Smith bounced back from a disappointing 2008-09 campaign last season, but once again failed to hit the marks that had him among the fantasy elite in years past. Smith blocked 2.1 shots per game last season – behind only Dwight Howard and Andrew Bogut on the leaderboard. That's a nice improvement from the disappointing 1.6 block average he posted in 2008-09, but a far cry from the nearly three swats per game he averaged in the two previous seasons. His 15.7 points-per-game were right in line with 2008-09 as well – a solid average, but well off the career high of 17.2 he posted in 2006-07. He did establish new career highs in assists (4.2 apg), steals (1.6 apg), and shooting from the field (50.5%), but his struggles at the free-throw line continued; he barely topped 60 percent from the line last season. That's better than his career-low of 58.8 percent in 2008-09, but Smith had been a consistent 70-percent free throw shooter earlier in his career, so the drop-off at the line continues to be a disappointment. Still, the core skills that make Smith so valuable – the shot-blocking and steals – haven't eroded. Draft for those numbers, and consider anything else you get from Smith a bonus.

2009-10

Smith was a major disappointment last season, as he suffered a drop in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks from the previous year. Most concerning was the decline in blocks, as he went from averaging 2.8 over the previous two seasons down to 1.6 in 2008-09. While his shooting from the field improved last year (49.2%), his accuracy from the free-throw line fell off a cliff (58.8%). Even in a down year, Smith was productive, but it was a step in the wrong direction, especially for someone who is just 23 years old. Because of his age, there’s obviously reason for optimism regarding a bounce back, but with Jamal Crawford joining an Atlanta team already filled with scoring options, don’t expect Smith’s offensive production to jump all that much. Still, he’s one of the most athletic players in the NBA, and he might be the league’s very best dunker. While his shot remains a work in progress, there’s no reason to believe his shot blocking can’t return to previous levels, making him a nice buy-low option. No one in the league matches Smith’s steals/blocks potential, so there’s legitimate upside here. A lingering ankle sprain contributed to last season’s suppressed numbers.

2008-09

Last season, Smith graduated from “guy you draft because he blocks a lot of shots” to “guy you draft because he’s just really good.” The next step might be fantasy superstardom. Smith is another example of the hyper-athletic combo forward trend in the NBA – he’s got the quickness and agility to play out on the wing but the strength, length and hops to defend bigger men in the paint. If he can continue to improve his jumper and ball handling he’ll become a near-impossible defensive assignment in addition to being one of the game’s top shot blockers. And there’s plenty of time for improvement – he’s just 22 years old. But there’s reason for concern. A restricted free agent after last season, Smith reportedly wanted out of Atlanta very badly. He eventually signed an offer sheet with the Grizzlies, which the Hawks quickly matched – so instead of getting out, he’s locked up for five years. It will be interesting to see whether or not his new $58 million contract is enough to soothe any hard feelings about his employer.

2007-08

Off-the-charts athleticism and a remarkable nose for the ball have him rising with a bullet up the fantasy cheat sheets this season. Nearly three blocks per game? From a wing? That’s just crazy. And don’t write him off as a specialist – last season, he set new career bests in points, boards, assists and steals to go along with all those blocks (16.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 spg, 2.9 bpg). And, he’s just 21. Combine his youth with the expectation of better point guard play in Atlanta, and those numbers should improve into Shawn Marion territory before long. Don’t be scared off by the logjam of young, athletic wings in Atlanta; Smith and Joe Johnson are clearly several steps ahead of the rest and should be good for starter’s minutes no matter who else fills out the rotation.

2006-07

When you look at the numbers Smith put up for the Hawks last year in March and April, you realize that the potential is there for a breakout season in 2007. After averaging a modest 8.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks before the All-Star break, Smith found his groove after the break and began to put up “Kirilenko” type numbers on a regular basis. He averaged 15 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.1 blocks a game after the break. In 11 games in April, he averaged 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.4 blocks. In fact, Smith at 6-9, finished fourth in the league in blocks per game average last year with 2.6. And while Smith didn’t make a three-point shot before the All-Star break, he made 34 after it (average of 1.1 a game). Smith is worth drafting early just for the blocks he gives you from the small forward position, but if he continues to score, dish and rebound, he will prove that he is one of the rising superstars in the NBA.

2005-06

Smith came on in the second half of the season, starting the last 59 games and putting up strong numbers in points and rebounds. One overlooked aspect of his game is his shot blocking. As a small forward, Smith was No. 12 in the NBA in blocks per game with 1.95. If you need production in multiple categories, Smith is a great choice as he gives you points, rebounds and blocks while shooting a high percentage from the field.

2004-05

Smith was a first-round pick right out of high school. As a result, he's a project for this season and likley won't get much playing time even on the wide-open Atlanta roster. He does have some serious ups, for what it's worth.

2003-04

Smith is a top-notch athlete and has guard skills for his size. He has drawn comparisons to Darius Miles, with a much more reliable jumper. His range on his shot doesn't extend to the three point line, however, and his size is a big concern to most scouts. He could go as high as number six in the draft and as low as the late teens.