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Old 08-15-2007, 12:39 AM   #644
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I'm making the final pick for Freak 6. Again, if Freak wants to replace Strickland, Moe, or this guy he may feel free to do so.

This guy will add a little defensive punch to this team while giving Freak the run N gun offense that he likes. Freak also prefers modern day players to the old timers, so there you are.

Josh Smith, F, Atlanta.

6'9", 230

True, it's another forward on a team that already has 5 of them. However, Smith is more athletic than most of his forwards, can play 3, 4, or 5 on this squad, and will be brought in on key defensive situations.

Smith declared for the 2004 NBA Draft, foregoing a career at Indiana University. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

Smith won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest his rookie year during the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend. He averaged 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.95 blocks per game for the 2004-2005 season and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. For the 2005-06 season, Smith averaged 2.25 blocks per game, ranking seventh in the NBA.

After the NBA All-Star Weekend, Smith would continue his steady development. He finished 2nd in the NBA in total blocks, 4th in blocks per game and averaged 15.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 3.1 bpg and 1.0 spg after the All-Star break and his contribution helped the Hawks double their win total of 13 wins from the previous season to finish 26-56.

On March 3, 2007, Smith broke the 500 block mark, making him the youngest player to do so in NBA history.[2]

Smith ended the 2006-2007 with 16.4 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.9 blocks, dramatically improving on his previous season's stats. Leading the Hawk's after Joe Johnson's season ending injury, Smith produced a career high 32 points and 19 rebounds in Johnson's absence.
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