Nov 27, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) grabs the ball as he is defended by Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

On This Date in NBA History: December 5, Josh Smith was Born


1985 – Happy 28th birthday to Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith who is in his 10th NBA season. After playing his entire career for the Atlanta Hawks, he was traded to Detroit as a part of a three-team trade. He is one of the most talented players in the NBA, but surprisingly has not been selected to an All-Star Game or All-NBA first team in his career. Smith won the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest and owns one of the league’s all-time best blocking percentages.

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