NBA Draft

Scouting Report

Smailagic is one of the most intriguing non-lottery prospects in the draft. The 6-foot-10 Serbian won't turn 19 until August, but last year he became the youngest player to sign a G League contract, having been selected fourth overall by the South Bay Lakers and traded to the Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors, however, don't own his rights as this is the first year in which Smailagic is eligible for the NBA Draft. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 17.4 minutes per game in the G League, although the Warriors didn't have much incentive to showcase his skills for the rest of the NBA to see.
He played in the 2016 FIBA Under 16 European Championship and has experience at the lower levels of Serbian professional basketball, but none of that sheds a lot of light on his true potential, which remains a bit of a mystery heading into the draft.
Teams that want to take a flyer on youth and upside in the second round will have to consider Smailagic, who plays like a small forward on offense and has the potential to be a defensive specialist, according to various scouting reports.
His footwork and length allow him to switch on the pick-and-roll on the perimeter, where he can envelop smaller ball-handlers, and he has the length and help instincts to alter shots around the rim. The G League highlights show a defender who often had a solid grasp of rotations and reactions.
No doubt, Smailagic is raw. There's no telling quite how his body will fill out. Offensively, his one-on-one driving skills look legit, but is his outside shot good enough? He has merely shown flashes. That's one of several questions that surround Smailagic heading into the 2019 draft.
Projection: Second round/undrafted
--Field Level Media

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