Smith Joins Exclusive Club With Historic Basket

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

Josh Smith caught the ball in transition at half court, took two dribbles at full speed and reached the rim, dropping one in off the glass while drawing a foul from Denver’s Kenneth Faried Monday night.

It was a modest three-point play in what ended up being a forgettable night for the Hawks.  They lost 104-88 while nursing several injuries.  But for Smith, one of the seemingly few healthy bodies in a Hawks uniform these days, that simple basket in the second quarter marked yet another career milestone.

J-Smoove had surpassed 10,000 points.

That alone isn’t the most mind-blowing accomplishment in the NBA.  After all, more than 250 players have done it.  But of those 250+, only 24 have also grabbed 5,000 rebounds, dished out 2,000 assists and blocked 1,000 shots.  Now Smith becomes a member of some elite company.  Furthermore, only nine of the 24 players did it with the same team.  Smith is obviously one of the nine.

Other names on the list include Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and Julius Irving, all of whom did it with one team.  Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki are the only other active players among the nine who have accomplished the feat in one place, but the list is filled with superstars.  Nine of them are Hall-of-Famers.  Three more probably will be when they retire.

Smith’s career averages include 15+ points, 8+ rebounds, 3+ assists, 2+ blocks and 1+ steal per game, numbers that cannot be matched by any other player.  Ever.  His latest accomplishment certainly puts him among the elite.  Maybe it’s time we start talking about him that way.

Photo by Doug Pensinger/NBAE/Getty Images

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