Last season, Josh Smith's unhappiness with the Atlanta Hawks was well-documented. The star small forward demanded a trade at midseason and routinely expressed frustration with the organization. After watching the Hawks lose free agent Jamal Crawford and fill out the roster with cheap veterans last offseason, Smith didn't believe the team was committed to building a contender.

Now, with Danny Ferry taking over as general manager of the Hawks, Smith believes the team is heading in the right direction. Atlanta traded away Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and a future first-round pick. Shortly after, the Hawks dealt Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for Devin Harris, and then signed free agent guard Lou Williams. That's a lot of change in one offseason, but Smith likes the moves.

"Since I've been in the league, I've always been about winning," Smith said. "I want to one day be able to play for a ring. I want to give myself the opportunity to do that. With a good GM like Danny Ferry and everybody else, I think this organization is heading in a positive direction."

"Those are guys who can create for themselves and others," Smith said of Harris and Williams. "We got a guy in Louis Williams who is a pure scorer. He can shoot the ball and really play. Devin Harris is fast, quick and plays similar to Jeff Teague. He can definitely be a facilitator because we have a lot of guys who can really stroke the ball."