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Hawks’ Josh Smith believes he has talent to the max

It’s easy to see why Hawks forward Josh Smith has become such a confounding and controversial figure in terms of his place among the NBA’s elite.

He is 6 feet 9 inches of pure athleticism with a hulking build that he’s had since he entered the league nine years ago out of Oak Hill Academy. Perhaps a couple of years of college may have polished his offensive arsenal, but Smith is one of the league’s premier defenders and shot blockers.

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