The 39th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Smailagic was the team’s second pick, their first of two in the second round. Due to injury, Smailagic, who had created quite the buzz during the Las Vegas Summer League, played a mere 14 games.
In those games, he averaged 4.2 points per game, shooting 50% from the field. He did attempt almost a three per game, but his real efficiency comes in high energy and efficiency — which he did display even in limited minutes.
The Warriors were big fans of Smailagic’s play in the G-League, one reason they wanted to keep the 6-foot-10, 19-year-old in their system.
Along with those 14 games with the Warriors, Smiley, as he’s also known, played 19 games with the team’s G-League affiliate, scoring 15.2 points per game and shooting 34.1% from three-point range.
It was tough to gauge Smailagic’s potential on the roster, but it’s certainly expected that he’ll be back next season, not truly getting a quality chance to show off his potential at the highest level.