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First, let's look at Josh Smith's averages over the past 3 seasons.
12-13: 0.442 FG%, 8.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.3 bpg, 1.5 spg, 16.9 ppg
11-12: 0.458 FG%, 9.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 bpg, 1.4 spg, 18.8 apg
10-11: 0.477 FG%, 8.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 bpg, 1.3 spg, 16.5 apg
Pretty good, right?
But apparently not good enough, because Smith has played in a grand total of zero All-Star games.
He has also not been added to many power forward power rankings, like this one.
Yet he is the best player on a sleeper team in the East. He surely shouldn't have been dropped from the All-Star Game in favor of Luol Deng.
He is probably underrated because of Atlanta's small market and the fact that his 2 best teammates are also some of the most underrated player at their position (Jeff Teague, Al Horford). His team, the Hawks, has defeated title contenders, such as Oklahoma City, Memphis, Chicago, and the LA Clippers.
The Hawks will surely feel his loss when he goes to free agency next summer. He is arguably the fourth best power forward in the league, behind only Kevin Love, David Lee, and LaMarcus Aldridge, in my opinion. He works hard on both ends of the floor, and is the main reason the Hawks are winning.