Josh Smith '18
All Around Best Diamond
Written by TheShepdaddy
So recently for the New Years promo, I spent 150k VC and 400k MT on packs to try to pull Tmac or Yao Ming. Instead, I packed two Josh Smith cards. Needless to say, I was not very happy initially. I sold one Smith and decided to keep the other and try him out. Boy, was I impressed. This card has a legitimate case to be the best card in the game, and I'm not exaggerating one bit. He does everything. He has around 5 stats below 80, and they really aren't even that important. If you need an absolute cheeser of a card, this is the one for you.
Bought for: Packed (Currently going for around 95k)
Inside scoring: In real life, Josh Smith is a pure slasher. However, I have no idea where 2k got the idea that he was THIS good for the Hawks. He has HOF posterizer and very good gold slashing badges. This combined with absurdly glitchy dunk animations makes him an animal when attacking the rim. Addionally, his layup animations are amazing. He reaches above the rim when laying it in, making it almost impossible for him to get blocked.
Build: When I say build, I'm referring to his height and wingspan. He has a normal wingspan but is 6 ft 9 in. This may not seem very tall for a PF, but I'll get to that later. For now, consider his size an asset.
Defense: This is probably the best defensive card in the game. He's as fast as diamond Scotty and feels as big as a center. His defensive stats are unbelievable, and he gets HOF defensive stopper. He will lock down literally anyone you put him on with the exception of a tall center like Kareem or Wilt.
- Shooting: Yes, that's correct. This is a Josh Smith card that can shoot. He has midrange and 3 point ratings in the 80s and a shoe and coach boost can put his open shot 3 in the 90s. He also has a very nice left-handed release. He is a very good standing shooter, but you may need to add limitless range if that suits you.
Rebounding: He is a big body down low and can snag over taller players. He has very good rebounding stats and is just what you would expect from a strong forward on the glass.
- Passing: Not really a weakness because passing stats aren't too important in this game, but if you're set on looking for a flaw in this card, this would be it I guess. Also, you will need to slap a dimer badge on him if you plan on running him at the 1.
Recommended Strategy: Run him at the 1-4. He can play all of those with ease. I run him at the 1 in Triple threat, and he is my starting PG in Unlimited over Magic Johnson. Back down smaller players in the post or shoot over top of them from 3. I use this card as my primary facilitator and run everything through him.
Other Comments: Has a strange behind the back dribble animation but is very quick with all his other moves. Release takes some getting used to but is good once you get it down. He also has slashing and glass cleaning takeovers.
Use if: You need an extremely versatile player who can dominate at the 1-4
Don't use if: You can't afford him, even though he's relatively cheap for a diamond
Bottom Line: Absolutely amazing card. I was blown away by how well he takes over a game. I would consider him a better defending stronger Kirilenko. This card really is unbelievable, so I highly recommend you pick him up before he is out of packs and his price rises.