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corndeaux
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Josh Smith Analysis


He's a great player, but deeply flawed offensively. Certainly not worth the max he wants to make him the Pelicans starting SF. Link also includes Austin Rivers and CP3.

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Smith arrives at his forgettable overall shooting efficiency by being very efficient near the basket and the worst volume shooter in the NBA away from the basket. Ten steps forward, 10 steps back.


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So far this season, Smith has made more than 62 percent of his shots close to the basket, which is a value significantly higher than the NBA average. It’s also higher than Tim Duncan’s 60 percent and Dwight Howard’s 61 percent


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Unfortunately for Hawks fans — and for fans of general alignment of talents and actions — Smith has a destructive jump shooting habit. While it would be unfair to label him the worst jump shooter in the NBA, it is probably fair to claim that he is the worst active jump shooter in the league. Most guys — Tyson Chandler, for example — who can’t shoot 17-footers don’t make a habit of trying anyway. Smith does.


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As a general rule, Smith shoots almost exactly half of his shots within 7.5 feet of the rim, and the other half outside of that threshold. As of January 22, Smith was 80-for-297 (27 percent) outside of 7.5 feet, and 178-for-287 (62 percent) inside that distance. He spends too much time doing stuff he’s not good at. The notion that Smith has more midrange attempts than Al Horford and Lou Williams is simply ridiculous







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Cap Crunch
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re: Josh Smith Analysis


Well his jumpshot can't be worse than Aminu's





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TheSexecutioner
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Well his jumpshot can't be worse than Aminu's


Its not worse but he shoots more so its more costly.






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Fleur de Diable
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re: Josh Smith Analysis


Poor Austin, that has to be the worst of the bunch. Worst percentage from point blank range.







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GynoSandberg
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In today's NBA, he's worth a max contract. And will get one.

He may not be the best outside shooter, but he can finish at the rim, pass, rebound, block shots and play/guard multiple positions.

Considering guys like EG, Boozer, Hibbert, Nene, Joe Johnson etc all got "max" deals, I'd say Smith won't be the worst guy to ever get a big contract

Even so, Smith has transitioned into playing PF mainly. Not sure he would even fit here






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Cap Crunch
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Give him a good SG like Gordon and maybe he won't take as many shots?

Who knows, Monty got Aminu to figure out how to play his game, maybe he could do the same with Smith?






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corndeaux
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not saying he isn't a great player or is unworthy of a max deal in general- just unworthy of one from the hornes

he's been mentioned here more than a few times as a solution at SF- which makes little sense at that price on this roster.

he is more of a pf.






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corndeaux
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Give him a good SG like Gordon and maybe he won't take as many shots? 


you mean like Joe Johnson?

this problem has been Smith's biggest weakness his whole career. doubt it changes as a 9 year vet on max deal






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darryljames30
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re: Josh Smith Analysis


He's a pf just like Aminu should be.





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MrWiseGuy
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he's been mentioned here more than a few times as a solution at SF- which makes little sense at that price on this roster.

he is more of a pf.


Smith can guard the opposing teams best forward. Whether that be the 3 or 4. Allowing Anderson to defend the weaker offensive player of the two positions.







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LosLobos111
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I just don't think e fits our team that well to be honest.

We would be better off spending that cash on a brewer/budinger and get better depth..






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GynoSandberg
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He's a pf just like Aminu should be.




Can you imagine AFA guarding Duncan, Aldridge, Milsap, ZBo, Garnett, Griffin etc






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ATLTiger
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I've watched Josh his whole career. you don't want him at the 3. and esp not at max money. immensely talented guy, makes a lot of really high bball IQ plays on both ends of the court, but also makes enough bad ones to leave you scratching your head a few times every game.

pros:
- plays hard
- durable
- good ballhandler
- blocks/ affects shots without fouling
- quicker than most 4s, with the athleticism and length to make up for being "only" 6'9"
- sees the floor pretty well and can pass well for a 4, esp. from the elbow and the post
- can guard 3s on occasion

cons:
- shoots too many j's (duh)
- whines to refs and lets calls/ non-calls affect him way too much for a vet
- overconfident in his ballhandling and passing which leads to...
- bad habit of grabbing def rebounds and trying to lead breaks, which often ends badly
- could stand to rebound better
- bad FT shooter in the clutch, and just bad period this yr






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