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Hawks Josh Smith ticked about All-Star Game snub

Feb 13, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago Reuters

Josh Smith should have been an All-Star. He has stepped up his play with Al Horford out and is giving the Hawks 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, and the Hawks are your four seed in the East at 18-10. Hard to look the other way.

But the reserve All-Star forwards in the East are Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala and Paul Pierce.

Smith is staying home and he’s not happy about it. This sums up his feelings, via the twitter of Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (via Eye on Basketball).

“I guess I don’t know the right people or kiss enough [butt].”

Or there is this from his story in the paper.

“You’ve got to factor in there is a lot of politics involved in the All-Star selection,” Smith said Friday.…

“I can’t really point a finger and blame anybody because, at the end of the day, when you leave it up to certain people that still have ties to their agents, [and] players in this game today probably [are] just putting in a bid over the phone, or however they do it,” he said. “You have to factor that in.”

I could make a case for why Smith should be in over Deng or Pierce, but the fact is those are not bad selections. I would have gone with Smith over Deng, but this isn’t a terrible decision. Just too many good players and not enough spots. It’s not all politics.

  1. mdpickles - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    C’mon, Josh. Would Magic Johnson or Larry Bird react that way if they got snubbed?

  2. livingsacrifice86 - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I guess years of not living up to expectations will cause this to happen

  3. goforthanddie - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Smith: 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks
    Bosh: 19.2 8.2 2.0 0.8

    Seems Bosh could’ve stayed home, it’s not like Miami isn’t already represented. Then they could’ve left Joe Johnson home, and added a more deserving guard.

  4. seanb20124 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Lawsuit in the making

  5. mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    He should be on the All-Star over Deng for sure. Even though Smith’s True Shooting percentage is depressing (49.1 %), he still manages to put up a PER of 19.4 (almost a bordeline All-Star) while Deng puts up a PER of 15.8 (slightly above average player). Deng also missed some games so, Smith got snubbed and we can’t deny it.

  6. mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    He should be on the All-Star over Deng for sure. Even though Smith’s True Shooting percentage is depressing (49.1 %), he still manages to put up a PER of 19.4 (almost a bordeline All-Star) while Deng puts up a PER of 15.8 (slightly above average player). Deng also missed some games so, Smith got snubbed for real.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Damn you, double-post..

  7. bobulated - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    His reputation for hoisting terrible shots kills him; coaches and players don’t look at his numbers, they just remember all the terrible shot selection and think he’s selfish true or not.

  8. smackingfools - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Get in the dunk contest if you want to be a part of the weekend. Or be an usher.

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