In this series you can check out the top 10 Dunkers in the NBA voted for by five basketball writers at Sportskeeda: Neeraj Grover, Vinay Sundar, Sidhartha Patra (sidhartha), Souvik Roy Chowdhury (souvik) and Siddarth Sharma (Sidbreakball)
I (read: everybody) know that Josh Smith can’t hit a decent mid-range jumper even if he was aiming at the broad side of a barn. Also, we all think he will never stop trying.
On the other side, we all know the guy’s dunking ability. I mean, if you are in the paint alone and Josh is running with the ball in his hands then there should be no questions such as “how could I stop him ?” in your mind; and if you have that question in your mind either you are Javale McGee (can also be read as dumb) or you are seriously dumb.
Here’s a video-graphic proof of how his “effing” shooting is and how good his dunking is.
(P.S - He once hit a 3 when I was playing as Atlanta Hawks in NBA 2K12)
Anyways, Smith has been regarded as one of the premier dunkers in the NBA, dating back to his rookie season seven years ago, when he won the 2005 dunk contest.
At 6’9″, the lefty Smith has unusual quickness and leaping ability, and he utilizes his extremely long arms to load up and throw down dunks pretty much every time he has the chance to do so and even in clutch time, he knows when to use his mojo:
On the other hand, he also is exceptionally well in blocking shots, only in his second season Smith was seventh on NBA shot blocking list averaging a giant 2.25 blocks PPG, a big thing for a sophomore who was drafted out of the lottery (and never attended college).
And he’s not even reached his potential yet. Last season was the best of Josh’s career he averaged a near double-double(18.8 PPG 9.6 RPG). This year, with the absence of Joe Johnson (a franchise face before), Smith will have more opportunitys & responsibilities in the team and he’s only 26. How will he step up remains to be seen.
Until then dwell on this.
Some Smith Facts :
- Smith is the youngest player to block 10 shots in a game, he was only 19 years and13 days then.
- He’s also the youngest player to register 500 & 1000 blocks respectively.
Check back soon for the 9th player on this list.Published 12 Nov 2012, 11:03 IST