Alen Smailagić

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Alen Smailagić
No. 6 – Golden State Warriors
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (2000-08-18) August 18, 2000 (age 19)
Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Pelicans
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–2018Beko
2018–2019Santa Cruz Warriors
2019–presentGolden State Warriors
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Alen Smailagić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ален Смаилагић, born August 18, 2000) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Smailagić is the youngest player in history to play in the NBA G League.[1][2]

Early career[edit]

Smailagić started to play basketball for Beko in Belgrade. In 2012, he joined their youth teams. In the 2017–18 season, Smailagić played for Beko in the Junior Serbian League and averaged 21.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game over 19 games.[3] He was named the Junior Serbian League MVP.

Professional career[edit]

Smailagić made his senior debut for Beko of the semi-professional 3rd-tier Serbian Regional League in the 2017–18 season. Over ten league games, he averaged 15.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.[3][2]

On October 20, 2018, Smailagić was selected as the 4th pick on the 2018 NBA G League draft by the South Bay Lakers, but he was traded right away to the Golden State Warriors affiliate, Santa Cruz Warriors, which makes him the youngest player in the history of the NBA G League.[4] Smailagić made his debut for the Warriors on November 3, 2018, scoring 3 points in 7 minutes he spent on the court.[2] Over 47 league games, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.[5]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

Smailagić was drafted as the 39th pick of the 2019 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.[6] He is the third international player drafted into the NBA from the NBA G League, joining Greek forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Nigerian center Chukwudiebere Maduabum, and the seventh overall to play in the NBA’s official minor league before being drafted by an NBA team. Smailagić was then traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the draft rights to two future second-round picks along with cash considerations.[7][8] Smailagić officially signed a multi-year contract with the Warriors on July 11, 2019.[9]

National team career[edit]

Smailagić was a member of the Serbian under-16 national team that competed at the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Radom, Poland. Over seven tournament games, he averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 NBA Draft Profile: Alen Smailagic". stats.nba.com. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Golden State Warriors: Analyzing Alen Smailagić, the newest G-League addition". bluemanhoop.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Focus on: Alen Smailagić". serbiahoop.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Alen Smailagic Is The Warriors' Draft Target They Don't Want You To Know About... Yet". forbes.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Alen Smailagic G-League Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  6. ^ "2019 NBA Draft Grades: Pick-by-pick evaluations for every first- and second-round selection". cbssports.com. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Warriors Acquire Draft Rights to Alen Smailagić from New Orleans". NBA.com. June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Pelicans complete trade with Golden State". NBA.com. June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Warriors Sign Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall and Alen Smailagic". nba.com. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  10. ^ "2016 Serbia 11 - Alen Smailagic". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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