Al Horford Says Hawks Players Question Josh Smith’s Shot Selection
Josh Smith has been an Atlanta Hawk his whole career, but his days as the face of the franchise are set to end shortly. Smith wants a max deal, and Danny Ferry has no intention of giving him such a contract.
Part of the reason the Hawks are interested in letting Smith walk is because of his horrid shot selection. For all his athletic gifts and ability, Smith makes terrible decisions on the offensive end.
From 8 to 16 feet out he hit on 23.3 percent of his shots. He shot 30 percent from three-point range, and still took close to 3 a game.
Smith takes terrible shots during games, and as reported by Sekou Smith of NBA.com, Al Horford and the rest of the Hawks are constantly questioning that same shot selection.
“This was definitely one of those ‘ooh, aah’ moments with Josh,” Al Horford said. “He gives you those ‘oohs’ and then those ‘aahs.’ It’s kind of a ‘Yes’ and then ‘No’ thing going on. That’s the way it is. I think [the fans] obviously want Josh to be successful. Everybody loves him here. Sometimes we do question his shot selection. But tonight he hit some big shots down the stretch, made some huge plays for other guys down the stretch and made plays to help us win this game. I know it might drive some people a little crazy. But it works for us and that’s just the way it is.”