What up yall? It’s ya boy Josh Smith aka J-Smoove. I hope that you’ll will enjoy my site and follow me throughout the season as I let you inside of my world. I will be doing blogs and answering questions for all of you out there so come on and ride with me.
I was born Joshua Pete Smith on December 5, 1985 to Walter and Paulette Smith. My father has been the most influential person in my life and also my biggest supporter. I first realized that I could play at the highest level during my junior year in high school. My ipod is probably my most important gadget as im a big music head. I rock that Drake, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, T.I., Young Jeezy and Anthony Hamilton.
I’m kinda laid back but still like to have fun. I like going to shoot paintballs and playing laser tag. I’m online on Xbox live and none of yall wanna see me in Madden. In my spare time I really just like to kick my feet up, sit back and chill with the family.
Smith was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Having entered the league straight out of high school, Smith has publicly disagreed with the rule change that prohibited high school players from entering the NBA Entry Draft.
He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during his rookie year in the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend. He averaged 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.95 blocks per game for the 2004–05 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, he continued his steady development. He finished second 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. Smith ended the 2006–07 season 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 Hawks afterJoe Johnson’s season-ending injury, Smith produced a career high 32 points and 19 rebounds in Johnson’s absence. He eclipsed this mark on November 17, 2007 with a new career high of 38 points on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks.
On August 8, 2008, Smith signed an offer sheet to play with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the Hawks quickly matched the offer sheet. Smith was told by Atlanta to go out as a restricted free agent to test the market, putting the pressure on Smith to essentially go out and set his price.
On October 30, 2009, in a home game vs. the Washington Wizards, Smith became the youngest player (at 23 years old) to reach 900 blocks.
On February 2, 2010, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Smith became the youngest player (at 24 years old) to block 1000 shots.