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Watch highlights of Warriors second-round draft pick Alen Smailagic

Watch highlights of Warriors second-round draft pick Alen Smailagic

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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Watch NBA rookies try to guess Warriors guard Jordan Poole's nickname

Watch NBA rookies try to guess Warriors guard Jordan Poole's nickname

The best part of any of the sports reference websites is when you discover the nicknames of athletes, and whether the height listed is accurate.

But some might not even be aware of these nicknames, even Ty Jerome was unaware he's been dubbed as "Milk."

NBA TV had some fun quizzing rookies and their classmates about the nicknames Basketball Reference had listed on the website. And it went about as you would expect it to be:

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole's "Microwave" nickname was guessed rather easily.

The microwave nickname came when he was asked if he knew who the original "Microwave," Vinne Johnson was. He was young and didn't quite know who he was, but it ended up sticking. 

Plus, the fact that he scores fast and "heats up" quickly adds to the comparison.

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He likes it, even suggesting "The Microwave Part II."

If you don't know, now you know. 

Warriors were ready to boycott game after Donald Sterling audio release

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Warriors were ready to boycott game after Donald Sterling audio release

The 2014 NBA playoffs saw Adam Silver handling his toughest test as NBA commissioner just a few months into the job.

TMZ published a phone recording of Clippers owner Donald Sterling going on a racist rant to his mistress V. Stiviano. Sterling had been a black stain on the NBA for his entire history as Clippers owner, but the recording put Silver on the clock.

The players wanted Sterling thrown out of the league for good post-haste. 

While the Sterling tape was dominating the headlines, the Clippers and Warriors were locked in a hotly contested first-round playoff series. Ahead of Game 5 at Staples Center, Warriors general manager Bob Myers called team president Rick Welts to tell him the players were prepared to make a stand if Silver's punishment wasn't up to snuff. 

"'These guys are going to walk off the floor,'" Welts recalled to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. "He was with the team that morning and said the vibe around the team -- maybe both teams -- was that if this doesn't go the way the players want it to go that they could walk out on the floor and then walk right off and not play the game that night."

Former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was more than ready to take a stand if Silver lacked the conviction to do what was necessary.

"I was all-in. Like shut down the whole season," Iguodala said. "Maybe that was too far, but as far as that game that day, you can reschedule it, you gotta sort this thing out, because there's some deep-rooted stuff with him that had to be addressed."

Draymond Green told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock that the boycott was a full-go. 

"I remember everybody talking like if Adam Silver don't come down with a tough enough post and we don't think it's right, we're not playing tonight," Green said.

Had the Clippers and Warriors elected not to play Game 5, it's a moment that would have gone down as one of the most important and momentous acts in sports history and in the overall arc of the fight for social justice and equality in America.

"If we didn't play," former Clipper Jamal Crawford said, "I think that honestly it would have outlived us. They would be talking about that while we're not here anymore.

"It's never happened. At that magnitude, at that level."

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The stand, as you know, was not needed.

Silver stood in front of the world and banned Sterling from the NBA for life, leading to him selling the team to Steve Ballmer.

The Clippers went on to win the series in seven games.