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Scouting Joe Smith

Published: October 7, 2008
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Second go-round
P.J. Carlesimo coached Joe Smith a decade ago when both were with the Golden State Warriors.

Here’s how Carlesimo breaks down Smith’s game:

→"Gets up and down the floor. Can still make a living inside. Little jump hook with either hand. Good shooter. Rebounds. Blocks shots. Stretches the floor. Can hit elbow jump shots (near free-throw line) or deeper. Knowledgeable player. Can put it on the floor a little. Can’t say ‘He’s a back-to-the-basket player and that’s all he can do.’

→"Gives you a little bit of post-up and a little beat-you off-the-dribble. Can pass or shoot it from up top. Stretches out a big (center). Good defender. Uses length well. Not physical but can make a living inside. Not overpowering with strength. More of a finesse player. Great teammate. Good for chemistry.”

By Mike Baldwin

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