Posts Tagged ‘Mike Woodson’

Continued maturation for Josh Smith and the Hawks

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

For anyone who’s a Josh Smith fan, these comments are music to your ears:

Hawks beat Wizards
Josh Smith won’t hide his ambitions this year.

He wants to be an All-Star. But he’d gladly settle for a spot on the All-Defensive team, an honor that’s eluded him his first five seasons despite his shot-blocking prowess.

The difference between the aspirations Smith had earlier in his career and now center on his understanding that the team’s success comes first and the residual benefits usually follow in the form of individual honors.

“After all the goals we have as a team — and we have lots of them — those are definitely my goals,” Smith said before the Hawks‘ 113-95 preseason win over Washington Monday night at Philips Arena. “And I don’t think they are too far fetched. I’m six years into my career and I’ve tasted some success. I want more of that, for my team and myself, in that order.”

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As Josh [who is still just 23 years of age!] goes this season, so too will the fortunes of the Hawks.

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 20

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

re: How an astute NBA observer might expect the first part of the schedule to unfold for the Raptors this year

Game 20 – at Atlanta [Wed Dec 02]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

HAWKS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Bibby

OG

DeRozan *

à>

OG

Johnson

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Williams

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Smith-Jos

C

Bargnani

à

C

Horford

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Teague *

OG

Belinelli ^

à

G

Crawford ^

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Evans

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Pachulia

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Smith-Joe $

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

West

PF

Johnson ^

ß

PF

Collins $

 

 

 

HC

Triano

=

HC

Woodson

 

 

 

+1

OUTCOME

+5

Legend: ADV – Individual match-up advantage; * - 2009 NBA Draftee; ^ - Acquired via trade; # – Restricted free agent; #M – Restricted free agent, matched offer; $ – Unrestricted free agent; $R – Unrestricted free agent, re-signed; $^ – Acquired via Sign & Trade; Italics – Returning player; ? – Injured, status uncertain.

The Hawks are going to be a solid team in the EC this season. Adding a good PG from the 2009 NBA Draft [i.e. Jeff Teague], a multi-purpose Guard [i.e. Jamal Crawford] and a serviceable veteran Big [i.e. Joe Smith] improves their squad significantly; as does 1 more year of maturation with their core group [i.e. Joe Johnson, 28; Al Horford, 23; Josh Smith, 23; and, Marvin Williams, 23] together. The individual match-up advantages favour Atlanta … which will probably mean another road loss for the Raptors, in this back-2-back.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 7-13

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PS. This marks the end of the “early season” phase for the Raptors.

Related:

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.