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Alen Smailagić assigned to the G League

Smiley is heading back to Santa Cruz.

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The Golden State Warriors have once again assigned rookie center Alen Smailagić to the G League. Smailagić, the 39th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, will join Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Smailagić is no stranger to Santa Cruz. He played the 2018-19 season with the team, before entering the draft. Since getting drafted, Smailagić has bounced between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Given his age (he turned 19 in August) and subsequent inexperience, the team has prioritized getting him some steady run in the G League.

The exciting Serbian prospect has appeared in 14 games this year for Golden State, averaging 9.9 minutes. In those limited minutes he has averaged 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game, while shooting 50.0% from the field, 23.1% from beyond the arc, and 84.2% on free throws.

In 18 games and 26.7 minutes per game in Santa Cruz, Smailagić is averaging 15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game, and shooting 51.2% from the field and 33.3% from deep.

We’ll be seeing him with Golden State again soon, I’m sure.

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