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2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

12.4

REB

6.6

AST

3.6

STL

1.1

BLK

1.5

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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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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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Signed a one-year, $2.077 million contract with the Rockets in December 2014.

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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
2014-15 28 DET 28 32.0 13.1 7.2 4.7 1.3 1.7 0.3 39.1 46.8 2.6 1.9 5.4 1.3 24.3 5.5 14.0 1.9 4.0
2014-15 28 HOU 33 25.6 11.7 6.1 2.7 0.9 1.3 1.0 44.1 44.3 2.5 1.9 4.2 3.2 32.4 4.9 11.1 0.9 2.1
2014-15 28 DET/HOU 61 28.6 12.4 6.6 3.6 1.1 1.5 0.7 41.5 45.9 2.5 1.9 4.8 2.3 30.3 5.1 12.4 1.4 3.0
Rest Of Season Projections 29 HOU 21 26.8 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Josh Smith
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Josh Smith NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 4 28.0 10.8 7.0 3.3 0.5 2.0 0.8 37.8 50.0 2.3 1.8 5.3 4.8 15.8 4.3 11.3 1.5 3.0
Last 14 Days 7 26.6 11.9 5.9 2.9 0.7 1.9 1.1 43.0 36.8 2.9 1.7 4.1 4.7 24.2 4.9 11.3 1.0 2.7
Last 30 Days 12 28.4 13.6 7.3 3.6 0.8 1.6 1.8 45.1 42.4 2.5 2.3 5.0 5.0 35.0 5.3 11.8 1.2 2.8
Last 5 Games 5 27.8 12.0 6.4 3.2 1.0 1.8 1.0 40.0 53.8 2.0 2.0 4.4 5.0 20.0 4.8 12.0 1.4 2.6
Last 10 Games 10 27.8 14.0 6.5 3.1 0.7 1.6 1.6 45.5 44.4 2.6 2.4 4.1 5.1 31.4 5.6 12.3 1.2 2.7
Last 20 Games 20 26.6 12.7 6.6 3.1 0.9 1.5 1.5 45.3 46.5 2.4 2.0 4.6 3.9 37.2 5.1 11.3 1.0 2.2

 

Josh Smith Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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True Shooting Percentage

45.1%

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In 2014-15, Josh Smith has a true shooting percentage of 45.1%.

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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
2014-15 28 DET 28 36.0 14.7 8.1 5.3 1.5 1.9 0.4 39.1 46.8 2.9 2.1 6.0 1.5 24.3 6.1 15.7 2.1 4.5
2014-15 28 HOU 33 36.0 16.5 8.6 3.8 1.3 1.8 1.4 44.1 44.3 3.5 2.6 6.0 4.5 32.4 6.9 15.5 1.3 3.0
2014-15 28 DET/HOU 61 36.0 15.6 8.3 4.6 1.4 1.9 0.9 41.5 45.9 3.2 2.4 6.0 2.9 30.3 6.5 15.6 1.7 3.7
Rest Of Season Projections 29 HOU 21 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Josh Smith
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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
2014-15 28 DET 28 896 367 202 132 37 48 9 39.1 46.8 72 52 150 37 24.3 153 391 52 111
2014-15 28 HOU 33 846 387 202 89 31 42 34 44.1 44.3 83 62 140 105 32.4 161 365 31 70
2014-15 28 DET/HOU 61 1742 754 404 221 68 90 43 41.5 45.9 155 114 290 142 30.3 314 756 83 181
Rest Of Season Projections 29 HOU 21 562 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Josh Smith
Preseason Projections 29 DET 77 2395 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Josh Smith

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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
2014-15 28 DET 28 32.0 41.7 40.3 20.5 11.2 1.8 14.9
2014-15 28 HOU 33 25.6 48.9 48.8 15.7 14.6 1.1 12.9
2014-15 28 DET/HOU 61 28.6 45.1 44.4 18.2 12.8 1.4 13.8
Rest Of Season Projections 29 HOU 21 26.8 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Josh Smith
Preseason Projections 29 DET 77 31.1 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Josh Smith

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Josh Smith 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Mar 3 at ATL 24 14 7 3 0 2 3 6 14 0 0 2 6 2 5 3
Mar 1 CLE 31 10 3 4 2 0 3 4 12 2 2 0 4 2 1 4
Feb 27 BKN 29 10 9 2 0 4 2 5 10 0 2 0 5 1 8 5
Feb 25 LAC 28 9 9 4 0 2 1 2 9 4 8 1 4 2 7 5
Feb 23 MIN 27 17 4 3 3 1 1 7 15 1 1 2 6 3 1 6
Feb 21 TOR 21 8 5 3 0 3 5 3 7 0 2 2 5 0 5 1
Feb 20 at DAL 26 15 4 1 0 1 5 7 12 0 4 1 3 2 2 3
Feb 11 at LAC 31 21 13 4 1 2 3 8 17 3 5 2 7 7 6 5
Feb 10 at PHO 32 20 6 3 1 1 1 8 15 2 3 2 4 2 4 5
Feb 8 POR 29 16 5 4 0 0 2 6 12 0 0 4 7 3 2 3
Feb 6 MIL 33 14 10 8 1 1 4 5 8 0 1 4 5 2 8 1
Feb 4 CHI 30 9 13 4 2 2 0 3 11 2 5 1 4 2 11 4
Jan 31 at DET 23 7 7 3 1 2 1 3 11 1 2 0 1 3 4 3
Jan 30 at BOS 31 15 10 3 2 1 1 6 13 2 2 1 3 2 8 4
Jan 28 DAL 28 18 6 2 1 3 2 7 13 0 0 4 5 1 5 2
Jan 25 at LAL 25 11 5 1 2 2 1 5 10 0 0 1 2 1 4 1
Jan 23 at PHO 26 14 3 3 0 2 6 7 11 0 1 0 2 0 3 1
Jan 21 at GSW 14 5 2 2 0 1 2 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 2 0
Jan 19 IND 27 6 7 3 1 0 2 3 11 0 1 0 2 2 5 1
Jan 17 GSW 17 14 3 1 0 0 2 5 10 3 4 1 1 2 1 1
Jan 15 OKC 19 13 7 2 1 0 3 6 10 1 2 0 1 4 3 0
Jan 14 at ORL 24 5 10 5 0 1 4 2 11 1 2 0 4 4 6 2
Jan 12 at BKN 27 13 6 3 1 2 2 5 15 1 2 2 4 3 3 3
Jan 10 UTA 21 10 3 2 0 1 0 4 10 2 2 0 1 0 3 1
Jan 8 at NYK 20 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 5
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Jan 7 at CLE 26 16 5 2 0 2 2 7 10 1 4 1 2 0 5 2
Jan 5 at CHI 26 21 6 2 3 0 4 10 20 0 0 1 5 4 2 3
Jan 3 MIA 28 12 7 2 0 1 3 6 9 0 2 0 1 2 5 3
Jan 2 at NOP 17 8 2 2 1 0 4 4 11 0 0 0 2 0 2 4
Dec 31 CHA 28 5 4 3 3 3 1 2 7 0 2 1 2 0 4 3
Dec 29 WAS 23 3 4 0 1 0 4 1 6 1 4 0 1 1 3 0
Dec 28 at SAS 26 5 8 1 3 0 4 2 7 1 2 0 1 1 7 5
Dec 26 at MEM 32 21 8 3 0 0 2 9 21 3 3 0 2 4 4 3
Dec 22 POR                                
Dec 20 ATL                                
Dec 18 NOP                                
Dec 17 at DEN 19 7 2 4 3 1 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 4
Dec 13 DEN 38 21 13 6 2 5 7 9 16 3 5 0 0 1 12 1
Dec 11 at SAC                                
Dec 10 at GSW                                
Dec 6 PHO 48 23 8 7 1 3 5 9 18 4 6 1 2 2 6 4
Dec 5 at MIN                                
Dec 3 MEM 28 12 11 3 1 1 3 4 15 4 6 0 0 2 9 6
Nov 29 at MIL                                
Nov 28 LAC 38 13 4 9 1 3 6 6 15 1 4 0 0 1 3 1
Nov 26 SAC 36 17 4 6 2 2 2 7 17 2 2 1 1 1 3 3
Nov 24 NYK                                
Nov 22 DAL                                
Nov 19 LAL 23 5 4 3 0 0 2 2 5 1 3 0 0 2 2 1
Nov 17 at MEM 30 7 0 5 1 1 4 3 7 1 3 0 3 0 0 3
Nov 16 at OKC                                
Nov 14 PHI 36 18 4 1 2 0 3 8 16 0 2 2 4 1 3 2
Nov 12 at MIN 27 6 9 3 1 1 2 3 10 0 0 0 1 0 9 5
Nov 8 GSW                                
Nov 6 SAS                                
Nov 4 at MIA                                
Nov 3 at PHI                                
Nov 1 BOS 44 14 9 5 0 1 1 6 15 2 8 0 1 3 6 1
Oct 29 at UTA 36 25 5 3 1 2 2 9 22 7 11 0 3 1 4 5
Oct 28 at LAL                                

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

Smith scored five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 13 minutes before being ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the Rockets' loss to the Warriors.

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Smith scored 21 points (10-20 FG, 1-5 3pt) to go along with six rebounds, two assists and three steals in 26 minutes Monday against the Bulls.

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Smith came off the bench Saturday in the win over Miami and provided 12 points (6-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and six rebounds in 22 minutes.

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Smith will come off the bench Saturday against the Heat, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Smith disappointed in his first start with the Rockets in Sunday's game against the Spurs, posting just five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 FT, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds, one assist, three steals, four turnovers, and five fouls in 26 minutes of action.

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Smith will get the starting nod at power forward Sunday against the Spurs.

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Smith came off the bench to score 21 points (9-21 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT) in his Rockets debut against the Grizzlies Friday. He also added eight rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.

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Smith was present at the Rockets' shootaround Friday morning and is on track to play versus Memphis, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Smith is expected to be with the Rockets before their game against the Grizzlies on Friday and could potentially play in the game, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Smith will sign with the Rockets once he has cleared waivers, Fox 26 in Houston reports.

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Smith was released by the Pistons on Monday, ESPN reports.

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Smith scored 21 points (9-16 FG, 3-5 FT) with 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and five blocks in 38 minutes Saturday.

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2014-15

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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.