Is Josh Smith an All-NBA caliber player? Yes if you think like Peachtree Hoops writer Jason Walker and the numbers back him up.
He is the best player on a team that has won nearly 60 percent of their games, providing everything the team needed and then some. He should have been recognized as an All-Star, but now here is an opportunity to bestow the recognition that is well-deserved.
All Smith has done since the outset of the season is carry a Hawks team that lost Al Horford to the playoffs and may in fact end up with homecourt advantage in the first-round. Atlanta could even finish as high as the third seed which is two spots ahead of last season.
When it comes to Smith it is way too easy to focus on what he does wrong on the court. I have been guilty of it and so have many others that follow the Hawks. If you focus on the good you suddenly realize that there is a whole heck of a lot of good that Smith brings to the table each and every night. He is an All-Star talent that has carried his team when it needed him the most. In my mind that is the definition of what an All-NBA player should be.
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