Yes, you heard that right! Josh Smith was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier today.
Smoove averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, and a little over three assists during the week of December 3rd-9th. And, of course, all of this was on efficient shooting! The Hawks were 3-0 during the week.
Josh has been on a pretty impressive tear recently. Over his last six games, he’s averaging 20-10-4-2-2 on 56.6% true-shooting. He been a huge part of the Hawks’ recent stretch of nine wins in ten games.
Of course, if these kind of numbers continue, he will almost certainly be a lock for the All-Star game. And, obviously, there’s that max contract he’s seeking in the offseason…
Just some other cool factoids I found about Josh: this is the 2nd time he has won a Player of the Week award. The other time was back in 2007 for the week of… December 3rd-9th. He averaged 22-6-3-2-3 in a four-game run on 60% (!) true-shooting. Smoove is the 2nd Hawk to win a POTW award this year; Al Horford took home that honor a few weeks ago. And finally, via the Hawks Facebook page, Smith is the ONLY player in NBA history to average 15+ points, 7+ rebounds, 3+ assists, 2+ blocks and 1+ steal per game in his career. That is… extremely impressive.