Can I Get a Witness?

Friday, February 10, 2012
By Jon Newberry

Former NBA All-Star and current NBA TV analyst Chris Webber was one of the first to respond to yesterday’s announcement of the 2012 All-Star reserves:

C-Webb via Twitter: (@realchriswebber)
Josh smith. Call 911.You got robbed. No mask no gloves- its fingerprints- all over the place call first 48-no call Atlanta CSI- Call the FBI

If a crime has been reported, it is always good to build a strong case, complete with a thorough list of witnesses. Fortunately for Smoove, a large number have already come forward:

Sekou Smith via’s Hangtime Blog
…he was leading the Hawks before Al Hoford went down for the season with a torn pectoral muscle and, along with Joe Johnson, (who received his sixth All-Star nod last night) has kept them among the Eastern Conference elite since then. Even his most ardent critics have come around this season, recognizing the maturation in his game and that he’s been the Hawks’ catalyst this season.

Former Hawk Jamal Crawford via Twitter (@JCrossover)
don’t know what else Josh Smith can do to be an all star smh …

Stephen Babb via The Bleacher Report
Don’t just take Chuck’s word for it, though. Smith got robbed and it’s not the first time. Smith has generated All-Star production for at least five of his eight seasons, but has yet to get an invitation to the big game.

Current Hawk Tracy McGrady via Twitter
Real upset that my man JSmoove got snubbed for the AllStar game! Josh Smith is one of the best forwards n the East and deserves to be there!

Kenny Smith on TNT
He should have made it because if you take him off that Hawks team, they don’t win. Both of those guys should have been on that team.

Charles Barkley on TNT
Josh Smith deserved to make the All-Star team. … Josh Smith has been the best player on the Atlanta Hawks this season.

Jeff Schultz on
Smith wasn’t named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday night. That makes eight straight years he hasn’t been honored. Most of those seasons, nobody could argue. But this season’s omission is a huge injustice.

Alex Kay via The Bleacher Report
Somehow, Josh Smith has yet to make an All-Star Game in his eight-year career. He’s made an All-Rookie team, an All-Defensive Team and even won a Slam Dunk Contest, but he can’t catch a break as an Eastern Conference forward. This may be his finest season so far, especially when you factor in the Atlanta Hawks’ major loss of starting center Al Horford.

Shawn Muller of CBS Chicago
Josh Smith, on the other hand, is averaging almost as many points per game as Johnson (15.6) and leads the team in rebounds (8.9) and blocks (2.0).  If those aren’t “All-Star numbers”, then what are?

Pete Schauer via The Bleacher Report
If there was a list for constant All-Star snubs, Josh Smith would be No.1. Again, Smith is averaging more points and rebounds than his career numbers, and again he’s been left off of the All-Star squad.

That gives you an idea…

I could keep adding to the list as it seems like each time I refresh my browser there is a new post about All-Star snubs with Smoove’s name at the top of the list.

The silver lining for Hawks fans is that Josh knows that it is the coaches that vote on these things, so (not that he needs it) he will have extra motivation each night he takes the floor.

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