Los Angeles Lakers: Five Reasons to Trade for Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith

Pyoung YiContributor IDecember 9, 2010

Josh Smith's unbridled intensity would be a refreshing change-up to Lamar Odom's frequent disappearing acts in the playoffs.
Josh Smith's unbridled intensity would be a refreshing change-up to Lamar Odom's frequent disappearing acts in the playoffs.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

To the innumerable, non-thinking, I-can't-put-together-a-complete-sentence-type fans: don't bother reading any further. Your input is NOT appreciated. 

1. Josh Smith doesn't waste his time dabbling in reality television shows and dillydallying with an average-looking Kardashian sister

Although Odom, arguably, is having his best season as a Laker, his desperate desire to become a media celebrity (not to mention his attempted flirting with Laker girls during games), is a distraction and takes away from the spirit of unity a championship-seeking team tries to cultivate.

Josh Smith, whose I-hate-the-Celtics-more-than-Hitler intensity would be a welcome benefit to L.A. He doesn't seem interested in the bright lights of Hollywood.

2. Josh Smith is a shot blocking beast, swatting away more than two per contest, compared to Odom's 0.91 blocks average.

With other West powerhouses like Utah and San Antonio making it their mission to derail the Lakers shot at three consecutive titles, L.A. is in need of a fear-inducing, crowd-energizing defensive player like Josh Smith. Amongst the top ten shot stuffers in the league, Josh Smith is the ONLY one who stands under 6-foot-10. Not only would he defend the paint, he'd also alter the opposition's potential field goals.

Once Andrew Bynum returns, imagine the protective fortress around the basket a line up of Josh Smith, the Spaniard, and Drew would create.  

As far as Odom's defense is concerned, well, let's attribute it to his pre-game diet—which leads us straight to our next point. 

3. Lamar Odom eats a lot of gummy bears, Reese's Pieces, licorice and Snicker bars. Josh Smith, as far as I know, doesn't

Gorging on Three Musketeers and sugar-coated gummy worms before a game will not put you in the best position to play up to your capability. Apparently, Odom doesn't understand this concept, or, worse, doesn't care.

Josh Smith, hmm...I don't know if he porks out on Nestle Crunch bars before games. I doubt it. I'm going with Josh Smith on this one.

4. So far, Josh Smith has more dunks on Boston than Lamar Odom

Odom had one pretty flush on the Celtics at Staples Center in the '09-'10 season.

Josh Smith has had multiple dunks on Boston—at Philips Arena and at the TD Garden—proving he's not a one-sided dunker who only rocks the rim in front of the home crowd.

5. Josh Smith is a likable player.The fans love his all-out hustle, and will more easily root for him

Lamar Odom has his detractors because of the perception that he doesn't get the most out of his All-Star talent. People don't buy Odom jerseys.

Josh Smith, on the other hand, is a dunk king. Fans will anticipate one of his thunderous hammer dunks on any given night, creating a drama-anticipating at Staples Center.

About the poll:
Ron Artest is not a good fit with the Lakers, hence: trade bait. I believe L.A. would have ended the Boston series in less than seven had Ariza been around. Just ask the L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke.


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