Josh Smith of Atlanta Hawks, Most-Snubbed Player of 2012

Charles BennettSenior Analyst IMay 24, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MAY 10:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts to a call in the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 83-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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You know who hasn't gotten any respect in the NBA this season?  Josh Smith.

The Hawks cornerman led the league in defensive win shares, was fifth in defensive rating, 10th in boards, 18th in steals and eighth in blocks.  He had more blocks than Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler.

Smith was my pick for DPOY.  He didn't get a single first-place vote and only appeared on a handful of ballots.

Despite leading the league in defensive win shares, he didn't make either the All-Defensive First Team or the All-Defensive Second Team—and again only appeared on a handful of ballots.

Besides being a competent defensive player, J-Smoove also had decent offensive numbers.  Based on the combination of strong defensive and adequate offensive numbers plus the fact that Smith was the man most responsible for the Hawks' No. 4 seed in the East, Smith should have made the All-NBA Third Team.

Yet Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony were chosen instead.  

This even though Smith had more field goals, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks than Nowitzki and shot considerably better from the field than Melo.  And of course, it goes without saying that Smith is a better defender than either.

To top it all off, Smith wasn't even named an All-Star and isn't being considered for the U.S. Olympic team.

What does this guy have to do to get a menu around here?