Warriors

Warriors

On Thursday morning, the Warriors acquired the No. 41 overall pick in the NBA Draft in a trade with Atlanta.

When New Orleans was on the clock at No. 39, the Dubs couldn't wait two more selections. So they traded up with the Pelicans and selected Serbian big man Alen Smailagic.

The 18-year-old played for Golden State's G League affiliate in Santa Cruz last season, so some Warriors fans might be familiar with his game.

But if you've never seen Smailagic in action, check out these clips from a March 22 game against the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario:

He racked up 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and went 2-for-4 from 3-point range in the Sea Dubs' 113-109 win that night.

Smailagic -- the youngest player in G League history -- is far from a finished product. He might spend a lot of time in Santa Cruz next season.

But he truly loves the game, has a strong desire to get better and believes he's the best player on the floor at all times.

"Smiley" has a chance to be solid rotation player for years to come. As ESPN's NBA Draft analyst and reporter, Jonathan Givony, wrote in December:

 

Standing 6-foot-10 with a fairly developed but not well-defined frame, Smailagic is one of the more skilled offensive big men you'll find in the league. He has excellent form on his jump shot, handles the ball with excellent body control and displays polished footwork and touch around the basket.

He attacks closeouts with pace and force, brings an array of floaters and finishing moves and shows intriguing passing ability, having quite a bit of freedom to make plays from the perimeter in Santa Cruz's offense.

He plays with extreme confidence, unafraid to throw his body around against players significantly older and more experienced than he is.

You will get a chance to see Smailagic in action during Summer League in Sacramento and Las Vegas.

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