Joshua “Josh” Smith (born December 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played for his hometown Atlanta Hawks, where he spent the first nine seasons of his career. He is sometimes referred to by his nickname “J-Smoove”
Smith was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft.
He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest his rookie year during the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend. He became only the fifth player to record three perfect scores in the same contest along with Jason Richardson, Vince Carter, Spud Webb, and Michael Jordan. Smith averaged 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.95 blocks per game for the 2004–05 season and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
On March 3, 2007, Smith broke the 500 career block mark, making him the youngest player to do so in NBA history. He ended the 2006–07 season with averages of 16.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.9 blocks per game. On November 17, 2007, Smith scored a career-high 38 points on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks.
On August 8, 2008, Smith signed an offer sheet to play with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the Hawks quickly matched the offer sheet.
On February 2, 2010, in a 99–106 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Smith became the youngest player (at 24 years old) to record 1,000 career blocked shots. At season’s end, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time in his career.
On July 16, 2015, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He made his debut for the Clippers in the team’s season opener against the Sacramento Kings on October 28, recording 1 point, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks off the bench in a 111–104 win.
2004 Bowman Signature Autograph RC 399
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2010)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2005)
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2005)
First-team Parade All-American (2004)
McDonald’s All-American (2004)