Alen Smailagic

Height: 6-10
Weight: 215
Country: Serbia
Professional Team: Santa Cruz Warriors
Classification: International ’00
Birthdate: 8/18/2000

2019 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 70
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
​2019 NBA Draft: Round 2, Pick 39 by the New Orleans Pelicans (rights traded to the Golden State Warriors)

Pros:

Solid finisher around the basket
Adequate low post scorer
Has stretch big potential
Sets good screens on offense
Adequate rebounder
Adept at getting steals and blocks
Better athlete than advertised
Has good intangibles
Versatile player that can play multiple positions

 
Cons:

Needs to improve his face-up game
Can struggle to score in traffic
Not an elite ball handler, can be turnover prone
Not an elite rebounder
Tends to be undisciplined defensively, is foul prone
Struggles to guard players out on the perimeter
Not an elite athlete

 
Summary:

Alen Smailagic is an 18-year old big man from Serbia that was drafted in the first round of the G-League draft by South Bay, and then had his rights promptly dealt to Santa Cruz.

He is an intriguing prospect who will likely be watched closely by NBA scouts and teams, and he had a fairly solid season this year in the G-League.  He is an energetic player that could project into a defensive specialist role at the next level, but he will still need to improve in the finer points of the game.  Right now, he is currently a second round prospect for the 2019 draft.

 

Links:

RealGM Profile

ESPN Draft Profile

Fansided’s Blue Man Hoop Article on Smailagic

Serbiahoop Profile Page

NBA G-League Profile

Our Sports Central’s Article on the G-League Trade