NBA Teams That Must Go All-in on Josh Smith During 2013 NBA Free Agency

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NBA Teams That Must Go All-in on Josh Smith During 2013 NBA Free Agency
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Who wants Josh Smith?

The truth will set in for teams quickly this offseason.

If Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are returning to their respective corners of the Staples Center, Josh Smith could be the most desirable free agent on the market.

Once teams are notified of those two elite players' destination, many will set their sights on the 27-year-old forward from Atlanta. 

Smith just completed his ninth season in the NBA, all of which have come with the Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game this past season. He played in 76 games, shooting 46.5 percent from the field. 

Smith has been durable throughout his career, playing in 94 percent of possible games. He was a part of six playoff teams in nine years, racking up 52 postseason games.

He made the second round during three of those years.

The knocks are obvious at this point. Smith takes a fair amount of bad shots. In year nine of his career, he jacked up 2.6 threes per game, the most of his career, making only 30 percent. A 65.4 percent career free-throw shooter, Smith randomly hit only 52 percent from the line in 2012-13.

Smith has also had his share of troubles off court and dealing with extra-curricular activity on it. Over the past six seasons, Smith has averaged north of nine technical fouls, consistently among the league leaders. He was suspended and fined by his own team this past season, and has had run-ins with the league before as well.

With all that baggage, Smith is still incredibly talented and as unique a talent as you'll find in the NBA. 

The question is, who is willing to load that baggage onto their team plane for the foreseeable future?

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