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Background

HOW JOSH BECAME A HAWK: Atlanta retained Smith after matching an offer sheet by the Memphis Grizzlies on August 15, 2008 ... Selected by the Hawks with the 17th overall pick (first round) in the 2004 NBA Draft.

LAST SEASON (2011-12): Versatile big man enjoyed his finest all-around season, putting up 18.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 bpg and 1.4 spg in 35.3 mpg (.458 FG%, .630 FT%), and started all 66 games ... Only player in the NBA among the top 40 in ppg, rpg, apg, spg, bpg ... Ranked 9th in the NBA in bpg, t12th in rpg (6th in def. rpg at 7.5), 7th in FGM (504), 10th in pts (1,239), t18th in ppg, 20th in spg and t31st in apg ... Had 28 double-doubles on the year (t11th in the NBA) ... Notched 29 20-point outings, including 8 30-point games (Hawks were 22-7) ... Scored 20-or-more in 7 straight games (3/2-3/13), the longest stretch of his career ... Team-leader in ppg (tied), rpg, bpg, FGM and FTM (203), while finishing 2nd in apg (tied) and spg ... His 18.8 ppg and 9.6 rpg were career-highs ... Scored a season-best 34 pts @Phil (3/31), also recording 9 rebs, 5 assts, 2 stls and 1 blk ... Had 30 pts (season-high tying 14-26 FGs), 18 rebs, 5 assts, 2 stls and 1 blk @Milw (3/27) ... Notched 32 pts, 17 rebs, 5 assts and 3 blks v/Clev (3/21), tying career-highs with 51 mins and FTM (12-14) ... Tallied 24 pts, a season-high tying 19 rebs, 4 assts and 3 blks v/Milw (3/2) ... Just missed a triple-double @Port (2/18), finishing with 14 pts, 10 rebs, a season-best tying 9 assts, 2 stls and 1 blk ... Posted 23 pts, season-high tying 19 rebs (career-high 18 defensive), 5 assts and 3 blks @Orl (2/10) ... Blocked a season-high 7 shots v/Phil (2/4), also posting 10 rebs, 9 pts, 5 assts and 1 stl ... Put in 30 pts (season-best tying 14-22 FGs) v/Char (1/12), adding 13 rebs, 3 assts and 1 stl ... Scored his 9,000th career point v/NY (4/22) and made career FG 3,000 @Chi (1/3) ... Ranks 13th among all active NBA players in career blocks (1,304) ... SEASON HIGHS: 34 pts @Phil (3/31), 19 rebs (2x), 9 assts (2x), 5 stls v/Ind (2/8), 7 blks v/Phil (2/4), 14 FGM (2x), 2 3FGM (6x), 12 FTM v/Clev (3/21), 51 mins v/Clev (3/21).

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Through eight years in the NBA, Smith has averages of 15.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.2 bpg and 1.3 spg (.464 FG%, .670 FT%) in 600 career games (578 starts) ... Has missed 31 games due to injury/illness ... CAREER HIGHS: 38 pts @Milw (11/17/07), 22 rebs v/Hou (3/12/08), 11 assts v/Det (3/13/10), 7 stls v/Dall (2/26/10), 10 blks @Dall (12/18/04), 15 FGM v/Wash (1/11/08), 4 3FGM (2x), 12 FTM (2x), 51 mins (2x) ... In 2010-11, averaged 16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 bpg and 1.3 spg in 34.3 mpg (.477 FG%, .331 3FG%, .725 FT%) ... Ranked 15th in the NBA in bpg, t14th in total blocks (120), 24th in spg, 24th in efficiency (20.5) and t35th in ppg ... Also was 18th in the league in rpg and t9th in def. rpg (6.8) ... Put in season-best 34 pts (plus 7 assts) on a season-high 14-16 FGs (2-2 3FGs) and 4-7 FTs v/NJ (12/7) ... According to Elias Sports Bureau, was the first Hawk to score that many points on that high of a FG pct (87.5%) in over 55 years, since Hall-of-Famer Bob Pettit scored 34 (12-13 FGs) on 3/14/55 ... Runner-up for NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2009-10), and All-Defensive second team member finished the campaign with averages of 15.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.1 bpg and 1.6 spg in 35.4 mpg (.505 FG%, .618 FT%), appearing in 81 games for the second time in the last three years ... Was the only player in the league to average at least 15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 4.0 apg ... Ranked 3rd in the NBA in bpg and total blocks (173), 18th in rpg, t12th in off. rpg (2.8), 11th in spg, t24th in FG%, 33rd in apg and t38th in mpg ... The shortest player in the top 12 in the league in blocks, and the tallest in the top 12 in steals ... In the 2008-09 campaign, put up averages of 15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 bpg and 1.4 spg in 35.1 mpg (.492 FG%, .588 FT%), starting 69 times ... Ranked 13th in the NBA in bpg and t29th in FG% ... Team leader in bpg and total blocks ... In 2007-08, averaged 17.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.8 bpg, 1.5 spg and 35.5 mpg in 81 starts ... Ranked 2nd in the NBA in bpg for the second straight season, 16th in spg (the only player in the league in the top 16 of both) and 26th in rpg ... In 2006-07, raised his scoring average each month, and finished the year averaging 16.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.9 bpg and 1.4 spg in 36.8 mpg (.439 FG%, .693 FT%) in 72 games (all starts) ... Finished 2nd in the NBA in bpg, and 19th in spg ... In 2005-06, elevated his game tremendously from the flashy slam-dunker that brought him the most attention as a rookie, Smith averaged 11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 2.4 apg and 32.0 mpg (.425 FG%, .309 3FG%, .719 FT%) in 80 games (73 starts) during his second NBA season ... He led the Hawks in blocked shots, finishing 2nd in the NBA in total rejections (208) and 4th in bpg ... Smith became only the fourth Hawk - and first non-center - to post 200 blocks in one year, joining Dikembe Mutombo, Theo Ratliff and Tree Rollins ... Named to the NBA All-Rookie second team in 2004-05 after averaging 9.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 1.7 apg and 27.7 mpg (.455 FG%, .688 FT%) in 74 games ... Led the Hawks in blocked shots, was 12th in the NBA and first among all rookies ... During a December (18th) game at Dallas, he rejected an NBA season-high 10 shots - becoming the youngest player in league history to achieve that feat ... Won the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest on All-Star Weekend in Denver - joining former Hawks high-flyers Dominique Wilkins (1985 and 1990) and Anthony "Spud" Webb (1986) as Slam Dunk champs.

PLAYOFF HISTORY: Smith has played and started in 46 career playoff contests, with averages of 15.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 bpg and 1.2 spg (.420 FG%, .704 FT%) ... In the 2012 playoffs against Boston, put up 16.8 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.0 bpg in 39.2 mpg (.386 FG%, .762 FT%) ... Pulled down a playoff career-high 18 rebs in game one (4/29/12) ... In the 2011 postseason versus Orlando and Chicago, started all 12 games, and averaged 15.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.1 bpg and 1.1 spg in 36.5 mpg (.404 FG%, .597 FT%) ... Appeared in all 11 contests in the 2010 playoffs, averaging 14.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 bpg and 1.2 spg in 35.6 mpg (.481 FG%, .659 FT%) versus Milwaukee and Orlando ... In 11 starts in the '09 postseason vs. Miami and Cleveland, averaged a team-high 17.1 ppg, team-best 7.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 bpg and 1.1 spg in 37.3 mpg (.421 FG%, .732 FT%) ... Poured in 21 pts to go along with 9 rebs in decisive game seven first round win over Miami ... Started all seven first round playoff games against Boston (2008 Playoffs), averaging 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.9 bpg and 1.7 spg (.398 FG%, .841 FT%) in 33.9 mpg ... Followed up a then playoff career high of 27 points in game three (on 11-17 FGs, in addition to 9 rebs and 6 assts) with 28 points in Game 4 (on 8-16 FGs, and 6 rebs and 7 blks ) ... A defensive terror in game four, Smith's seven rejections eclipsed a franchise playoff mark previously shared by Tree Rollins and Dikembe Mutombo ... Ranks 2nd in Hawks playoff history in FTM (174) and FTA (247), 3rd in rebs (395), 5th in assts (139), FGM (267) and FGA (635), and 6th in pts (718) and gms (47) ... PLAYOFF CAREER HIGHS: 28 pts v/Bos (4/28/08), 18 rebs v/Bos (4/29/12), 9 assts v/Milw (4/20/10), 3 stls (4x), 7 blks v/Bos (4/28/08), 9 FGM @Bos (5/4/12), 3 3FGM v/Bos (4/26/08), 12 FTM v/Bos (4/28/08), 46 mins v/Bos (5/8/12).

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Smith transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) for his senior season, after attending McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA for three years ... Originally committed to play at Indiana University before declaring for the draft ... Named a 2004 McDonald's All-American and played in the McDonald's High School All-America game ... Named to the PARADE All-America Team, and was selected to the 2004 USA Men's Junior National Select Team ... Excelled in several postseason all-star games, including the EA Sports Roundball Classic (15 points) and the Nike Hoop Summit (27 points), where he was named the MVP after leading the USA Select Team to a 99-79 win over the World Select squad ... As a senior (2003-04) at Oak Hill, Smith set a single-season school record for most points scored with 980 ... He was a finalist for the 2004 Naismith Award, leading the team to a 38-0 mark and a No. 1 national ranking ... Averaged 25.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6.0 bpg and 3.0 spg, shooting 61 percent from the field and 70 percent from the charity stripe ... In his junior season (2002-03), put in 20.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 6.0 bpg and 4.0 apg ... Was named MVP of the ABCD Camp in the summer of 2003 ... Tallied 19.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg and 3.5 apg as a sophomore (2001-02) ... Smith was a two-time All-State selection at McEachern.

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Height: 6'9''/ 2.06m
Weight: 225 lbs./ 102.1 kg
Born: December 05, 1985
From: Oak Hill Academy (VA)
Draft: 1st Round (17th pick) 2004 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2004
Years Pro: 10
Previous Teams:
  Detroit Pistons 2013 - 2013
  Atlanta Hawks 2004 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)/USA

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