Throughout his career, Smith has averaged around 16 points and eight rebounds with about two blocks and a steal. On paper, these are solid numbers, but has Smith reached his full potential in Atlanta?
In Mike Woodson's isolation-heavy offense, during his six-year tenure from 2004 to 2010, most of the half-court offense was initiated through either Joe Johnson or Smith.
Smith's incredible athleticism flourishes in the full court, but he is often very limited in what he can do in half-court sets.
When Larry Drew took over in 2010, much of their offense remained similar, but the Hawks coach has now mentioned implementing a brand new up-tempo offense (via PeachtreeHoops.com) in Atlanta.
Smith had a solid first game of the season (18 points, 10 boards and three blocks), but it came in a loss.
The biggest complaint against Smith is his shot selection.
Smith settles for mid-range jumpers and at times three-pointer jumpers. In some spots on the floor, he's shot as low as 23 percent. Considering his tremendous athletic gifts, why is it Smith continues to insist on taking shots that he has shown little progress in improving upon?
Whether it's low basketball IQ or he's just being stubborn (it's possibly both), it is clear Smith is still a work in progress. The question is, do the Hawks have enough time for Smith to figure it out? Even if they do, is it worth the risk of him skipping town next season?
The Hawks should just close the book on the Josh Smith project and let him find a team that would be a better fit.