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Josh Smith was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Hawks as the 17th pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.

Smith transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) for his senior season, after attending McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA where he was a two-time All-State selection. At Oak Hill, he was a finalist for the 2004 Naismith Award, leading the team to a 38-0 mark and a No. 1 national ranking. In 2004, he was named a McDonald's All-American and played in the McDonald's High School All-America game. Smith excelled in several postseason all-star games, including the EA Sports Roundball Classic (15 points) and the Nike Hoop Summit (27 points), where he was named the MVP after leading the USA Select Team to a 99-79 win over the World Select squad. He was also named to the PARADE All-America Team and was selected to the 2004 USA Men's Junior National Select Team.

His NBA career is already filled with impressive achievements and accolades. In November 2007, Smith became the youngest player in NBA history (21 years, 358 days) to reach 600 blocks, and became the youngest to reach 700 in February 2008 - currently holding third place on Atlanta's all-time blocked shots list (897). Smith is only the fourth Hawk - and first non-center - to post 200 blocks in one year, joining Dikembe Mutombo, Theo Ratliff and Tree Rollins. His consistent play on defense has earned him votes as NBA Defensive Player of Year as well as NBA All-Defensive Team.

At the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend in Denver, Smith won the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest - joining former Hawks high-flyers Dominique Wilkins (1985 and 1990) and Anthony "Spud" Webb (1986) as Slam Dunk champs. Smith also participated in the "got milk?" Rookie Challenge, totaling 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in 24 minutes (4-8 FGs, 4-4 FTs).

Known to fans as "J-Smoove", Smith is actively involved in many community ventures in his hometown of Atlanta. He has purchased tickets for underprivileged kids the last three seasons as part of the Hawks Assist Program. He has also worked for years with DTLR, an urban fashion retailer, on various behind-the-scenes community outreach programs. In addition, Smith has bought uniforms for several local high school teams and sponsors the Atlanta Celtics' 17 & under team, the same team he starred on alongside Dwight Howard and fellow Hawks center Randolph Morris as teenagers.
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