Josh Smith is a flawed hero, a player who wants a max contract but can't make the All-Star team, a player with enormous physical talents but a difficult personality, a player who is solid beyond the arc, but can't hit his free throws. And he will not be easy to get, with the limited assets the Nets possess ... and the likely competition.

Smith is 27 and he is durable, missing an average of 5.5 games a year and only two to injury over the last season and a half. With the exception of his free throw shooting, he's having one of his best years and the Hawks are winning with him as their best player.

His scoring average of 17.4 is currently the second highest of his career and leads the Hawks. His three-point shooting average, at 35.4 percent, is the highest of his career, as is his assists per game, at 4.6 per game. His overall shooting mark of 46 percent is his fourth best. Rebounding, at 8.6 per game, is his third best. He's cut down on his turnovers but is still tenth in the league. His shot blocking remains strong at 2.2 per game, good for for seventh in the league.