Warriors rookie Alen Smailagic had big nights offensively in his last two games in the G League for the Santa Cruz Warriors:
-Sunday at the Northern Arizona Suns: 25 points (9-for-16 FG, 5-for-7 3s)
-Tuesday at the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario: Career-high 29 points (12-for-18 FG, 5-for-9 3s)
Alen Smailagic closes his night with an exclamation point — the pump fake from deep, and the driving hammer dunk. He finished with a career-high 29 points (11-for-17 overall, 5-for-9 3s) pic.twitter.com/NRjuRKvuez— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 18, 2019
After shootaround Wednesday morning in Portland, Warriors coach Steve Kerr talked about the 19-year-old's development.
"Smiley is getting in better shape, better condition," Kerr told reporters. "You can see it. He's moving better, he's knocking down the 3-point shot, gaining confidence. It's good to see him finding his groove."
So, when can Warriors fans expect to see the No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft suit up for Golden State?
"It's too hard to say," Kerr said. "We want him to play as much as possible in Santa Cruz. This year really is about continuing his development. He's 19. If you look at our roster here, we're overloaded at center. So it's not like if we brought him up, he would play a ton.
"We'll bring him up at some point for sure, and get him out on the floor. But the bulk of the season will be about him playing big minutes in Santa Cruz. That's the best way for him to develop."
When Kerr says "out on the floor," does he mean during practices or games?
"He will 100 percent find his way onto the floor in a game, or multiple games," Kerr clarified. "We just don't know when that's going to be. But watching him last night, it looks to me like he's broken through conditioning wise after missing all of training camp."
The Serbian big man sprained his ankle on Oct. 2, and didn't make his debut with the Sea Dubs until Nov. 29.
Smailagic next will be in action Friday at 12:00 p.m. in Las Vegas when Santa Cruz faces Raptors 905.