Alen Smailagic Rumors

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Alen Smailagic
Alen Smailagic
Position: F
Born: 08/18/00
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $898,310
How much patience can the Warriors afford in developing (Alen) Smailagic? Roster spots are sparse. When Golden State drafted Smailagic in June, several people in the organization told me that it’d be at least two or three years before he becomes a legitimate rotation player in the NBA. Though he showed flashes of his immense potential as a rookie, he seemed to regress as the season wore on, making head-scratching mistakes and struggling to play off the ball. The Warriors are still high on the 19-year-old Smailagic, but he clearly has a lot to learn. Next season could be critical for him. To become a long-term piece for Golden State, he must show steady improvement.
How much patience can the Warriors afford in developing (Alen) Smailagic? Roster spots are sparse. When Golden State drafted Smailagic in June, several people in the organization told me that it’d be at least two or three years before he becomes a legitimate rotation player in the NBA. Though he showed flashes of his immense potential as a rookie, he seemed to regress as the season wore on, making head-scratching mistakes and struggling to play off the ball. The Warriors are still high on the 19-year-old Smailagic, but he clearly has a lot to learn. Next season could be critical for him. To become a long-term piece for Golden State, he must show steady improvement.
The Golden State Warriors have assigned forward Alen Smailagić to the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced today. Smailagić has played in 17 games (15 starts) with Santa Cruz this season, posting averages of 16.3 points on 51.8 percent shooting from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc to go with 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.00 steals in 26.3 minutes per game. The rookie forward has appeared in 13 games for Golden State, averaging 4.5 points on 52.6 percent from the field to go along with 2.1 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game.
To those who follow closely, it is known that the Warriors coveted Smailagic, so much so that they hid him from the 2018 G League Showcase. What’s still less well known is just what the Warriors were hiding. Even something as quantifiable as Smailagic’s wingspan is currently under wraps. We can only guess that it’s maybe 7-foot-1 or 7-foot-2. Since Steve Kerr plays the teenager only sporadically, fans never quite get a read on what they’re trying to see. There’s defensive energy and effort. On offense, there are frenetic flashes, but the entire picture isn’t so clear.
There is the option to trade Russell starting Dec. 15, something the Warriors have rejected as a possibility. There’s a long time between now and then, and such a move would really open up a lot of questions. So let’s wait on that topic and see how things develop. Short of that, though, the Warriors’ roster is what it is, and they have to hope to get healthy and stay healthy. The Warriors have three centers — Willie Cauley-Stein, Kevon Looney and Alen Smailagic — out with significant injuries and are scrambling to fill minutes in the frontcourt.
He’s still learning new terms. “Virgin” was a word introduced to him by DeMarcus Cousins a few months ago. The lumbering veteran big man went down to Santa Cruz on a rehab assignment last season and relentlessly teased the eager kid in trash-talk sessions. Smailagic recounts Cousins repeatedly yelling, “Don’t play with us, you’re probably a virgin!” Smailagic would shoot back, “I’ll show you,” perhaps not completely understanding the context of the insult. “It was great,” Smailagic said of his time trying to prove himself to Cousins.
Anthony Slater: Full Warriors youth movement. Only one guy over 30, seven of their current 11 under 25. Steph Curry 31 Draymond Green 29 Klay Thompson 28 Alfonzo McKinnie 26 Damian Jones 24 D’Angelo Russell 23 Kevon Looney 23 Jacob Evans 22 Eric Paschall 22 Jordan Poole 20 Alen Smailagic 18