This could be the year that Hawks forward Josh Smith is officially recognized as ranking among the star players in the NBA.

Then again, Smith thought the same thing when the All-Star teams were announced during the 2010-11 season — and the year before that. But he didn't make the cut either time when coaches voted on the Eastern Conference reserves.

So even though Smith is having another good season, he's not counting on enough coaches including him on their All-Star ballots that were due Wednesday. The NBA will announce the reserves Thursday night for the Feb. 26 game in Orlando.