Josh Smith Carries Atlanta Hawks To Win At Orlando Magic

By Andy Schmidt
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith has been talked about a ton in trade discussions over the past week for the Atlanta Hawks. Smith and the Hawks took on the Orlando Magic Wednesday night on the road and behind a huge night from Smith, Atlanta pounded Orlando 108-76. Smith finished with 30 points while Al Horford had 26. Atlanta is solidly in the playoff race in the NBA, so trading Smith doesn’t seem like the best thing to do.

Smith is an insanely talented player who is averaging over 17 points per game this season and moving him now means that Atlanta is giving up on this season. The Hawks came into Wednesday’s game just two games out of the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, so why trade Smith now? It is unexplainable to me that you would want to give up on a talent like Smith at this point when you are so close to home court in the first round of the playoffs.

I understand that Smith is in the last year of his contract and Atlanta would love to get something back for him, but sometimes you have to play for today and not worry about tomorrow. This is a prime example of that and something I can’t figure out for the life of me. The Hawks should take their chances on Smith and see where it goes.

You can look at Orlando as a team that played for today when they had Dwight Howard and made just one NBA Finals. The Magic have their own problems now with Hedo Turkoglu suspended for the next 20 games. This season can’t get much worse for them. Atlanta, on the other hand, still has something to play for and need Smith on their roster.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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