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Josh Smith working with Kyle Korver on jump shot

Long range shooting has never been one of Josh Smith's strengths, but new teammate Kyle Korver is helping the Hawks swingman to help find a more consistent stroke from three point range.

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

For all of Josh Smith's talents on the basketball court, long range shooting is not one of them. The Atlanta Hawks swingman shot just 25.7 percent from behind the three point line last season, but the team's addition of shooter Kyle Korver has given Smith a tutor for his jump shot. Korver holds the NBA record for three point shooting percentage in a single season, and thinks Smith has the tools to be a competent shooter from long range:

"I think Josh has the ability to be a great shooter," Korver said. "I’m just working with him on some small things."

While most fans would think that continuing to hoist jump shots would be a bad idea, considering how talented Smith is at attacking the rim, that may just be the best way for him to find his stroke. Hawks head coach Larry Drew is confident that a player of Smith's abilities can pick up a good long range shot, despite being critical of his shot selection in the past.

Smith sprained his ankle in the Hawks' season opening loss to the Houston Rockets, so he did not travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their game on Sunday against the Thunder.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.