Two Hawks are All Stars but Josh Smith isn't one of them... tsk
Beggars can’t be choosers, and for years the Hawks have been beggars when it comes to All-Star selections. This is the first time since 1998 that the team has placed as many as two men in the game, and that’s nice.
But not nice enough. Should’ve been three.
Josh Smith should be going, too.
Got no problem with Joe Johnson. Got no problem with Al Horford. They’re both deserving. But they’re no more deserving — maybe not as deserving — as Josh Smith.
There are two reasons these Hawks are clearly better than last season’s Hawks. Jamal Crawford is one. Smith is the other. He has taken his game, as they say, to the next level. He has learned to play basketball, as opposed to simply running and jumping and dunking. He’s averaging 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, a career-best 3.9 assists and 2.2 blocks. He has made 51.2 percent of his shots, also a personal best.
I know Josh Smith wanted badly to make it. I don't need to talk to him because I can see it in the way he plays. At the time, I thought he had a great case but might get overlooked because the Hawks still aren’t a media magnet. But I’m shocked that two Hawks made it — and don’t get me wrong; I think Horford is tremendous — and Smith isn’t one of them.
And I’m not the only one who’s disappointed. Here’s co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.: “Josh Smith is an All-Star and he deserves to be there. He deserves to make that team as much as any of the players who were selected. He is an All-Star, and he’s the heart and soul of our team. He deserves to be there.”
From general manager Rick Sund: “There area lot of players in the NBA who put up All-Star numbers, and then there are players who are All-Star players. Josh is an All-Star player.”
He is. He’s having a great year. He has come a million miles since he was drafted out of Oak Hill Academy back in 2004. If you’re asking me who’s the best Hawk, I’d still say Joe Johnson. If you’re asking me who’s the team MVP, it’s Josh Smith.
lets be real HORFORD ISNT ALLSTAR...
Josh Smith fell victim to position. Horford only made it because of the weak crop of Centers available, so they had to dig deep to find him. I mean I like Horford and all, but he's no All-Star(Either are half the teams though).
i don't think josh is as good as johnson. in any case, if i was in charge of the eastern team, I would take out horford, iverson, and garnett and send Smith, Lee and Jamison.
Smith is the most deserving of all the hawks. Like Fizer said, the biggest differences in that team are the emergence of Smith and the signing of Crawford. Crawford is big time scorer Atl needed, making Joe Johnson able to focus more on his all around game. Smith has been a monster on defense and has really been focused in this year and not making nearly as many mistakes.
The whole Horford thing really has nothing to do with Smith though. He was voted in as the backup by league rules. I guarantee the votes were all split up among centers. I'm sure guys like Bogut, Lee, Noah and Lopez probably got at least a couple. As for Lee, all kinds of people are crying because he's not in. I like his numbers, but they don't tell everything. The guy is like a turnstile on defense. Sure he gets his 20, but his guy gets 25 and he does nothing to help stop penetration from guards. Sure he's out of position, but so is Horford. I think Lee would get destroyed guarding 4s if he's getting lit up by a bunch of the stiffs playing center today.
By the way, take out Garnett? The guy plays both sides of the floor unlike most guys in the league. He still has a solid offensive game and is the teams defensive anchor. Jamison hasn't played defense since he came in the league. Too many people get caught up in flashy numbers and forgets that there is a big place for defense in the league unless you are a guy like Gilbert Arenas that is going to outscore your guy by 10 no matter what.
doubledribbler, garnett has not been an all-star this year. Jamison has been the reason washington has been compeitive, if you take him off they would be arguably the worst team in the league. You suggest i get too caught up in stats, but truth is too many people get caught up in teams records. Take Lee off the knicks or jamison off the wizards and put KG or horford in their places this season and their records would drop.
IIperez22, you can't take out Iverson....Back in the 80s and 90s players such as Dr. J were selected to the all-star game strictly on recognition. And the younger players respected the older players and moved aside to allowed them to go instead. You have to know the history of the all-star game.
Dhamp2...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.