Mar 13, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT
The Hawks are enjoying a phenomenal season, one which has seen significant strides for the team as a whole, and for their players as individuals.
Josh Smith has stopped taking jumpers, gone inside, and most importantly brought his athleticism and energy to form a complete defensive game. He’s not leading the league in rebounds or blocks, but it’s arguable that no player has made more of a complete impact, halfcourt to baseline, than Smith on the defensive side.
And that’s what the Hawks are pushing. They’ve set up a website to support Smith for Defensive Player of the Year, called “What I Do.” Getting Smith over Dwight Howard is going to be quite a chore, but it’s good to know that the Hawks are behind their guys.
Similarly, the Hakws are also pressing Jamal Crawford for Sixth Man of the Year, under the site “The Difference.” Crawford’s in a much better position. He’s been a huge part of the Hawks’ augmented offensive attack, and if there’s any question the damage he can do, well, just ask the Celtics.
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- Kevin Durant reiterates that rest was his reason for withdrawing from Team USA 8
- Kobe Bryant says he will not be same player as before, says he’s evolved into something equally good 19
- Report: Agent for Greg Monroe pursued sign-and-trade deals with five teams, including Thunder and Blazers 25
- Derrick Rose sits out another Team USA practice, not likely to start Wednesday 21
- DeMarcus Cousins practices with team USA Tuesday, says he’s 50-50 for Wednesday game 2
- Jim Boeheim says of Carmelo Anthony, “it would have been better to go to Chicago” 31
- Steve Ballmer screams like a maniac at Clippers rally 26