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  Tale of the Tape
  Zelmo Beaty Josh Smith
Pos C F
Height 6-9 6-9
Weight 225 225
Draft 1962 (3rd) 2004 (17th)
Debut Oct 20, 1962 Nov 3, 2004
Years 8 11
All-Star 2 0
All-NBA 0 0
All-Def 0 1 (0/1)
MVP 0 0
Champ 0 0
HoF No No
Adjusted Win Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk Zelmo Beaty Josh Smith
1 11.8 9.3
2 11.1 8.4
3 10.6 6.4
4 8.4 5.8
5 5.4 4.9
6 5.0 4.4
7 4.6 4.2
8 2.3 3.6
9 2.4
10 2.3
11 1.1
Wt Sum** 51.8 43.7

* Adjusted for schedule length
** 1 × best + 0.95 × 2nd-best + …

  Regular Season
  Zelmo Beaty Josh Smith
G 570 836
MP 18348 28108
PTS 9107 12662
TRB 5949 6457
AST 839 2699
STL 45 1049
BLK 29 1666
TOV 2120
 Per Game
MP 32.2 33.6
PTS 16.0 15.1
TRB 10.4 7.7
AST 1.5 3.2
STL 0.7 1.3
BLK 0.4 2.0
TOV 2.5
 Shooting
FG% .469 .455
3P% .285
eFG% .469 .474
FT% .750 .633
TS% .530 .506
 Advanced
PER 17.1 17.7
TRB% 12.9 13.4
AST% 6.8 16.5
STL% 1.7 2.0
BLK% 1.2 4.5
TOV% 14.5
USG% 23.7
ORtg
DRtg
OWS 37.0 10.0
DWS 21.2 41.0
WS 58.2 51.0
WS/48 .152 .087

123 ≡ incomplete data

  Playoffs
  Zelmo Beaty Josh Smith
G 63 69
MP 2345 2268
PTS 1071 1049
TRB 696 537
AST 98 199
STL 73
BLK 106
TOV 159
 Per Game
MP 37.2 32.9
PTS 17.0 15.2
TRB 11.0 7.8
AST 1.6 2.9
STL 1.1
BLK 1.5
TOV 2.3
 Shooting
FG% .466 .425
3P% .266
eFG% .466 .448
FT% .718 .630
TS% .523 .487
 Advanced
PER 15.5 17.2
TRB% 13.9
AST% 6.1 17.2
STL% 1.8
BLK% 3.9
TOV% 12.9
USG% 25.6
ORtg
DRtg
OWS 4.2 0.0
DWS 2.3 2.9
WS 6.5 2.9
WS/48 .133 .061

123 ≡ incomplete data