lilfishi22 wrote:I don't follow G-League too much but isn't it pretty normal for G-League teams to play lottery picks a ton of minutes in a handful of games they are down there? I always looked at G-League and the Summer league a similar way for young guys, it doesn't actually mean a ton if they are super productive because if you're NBA talent, it should be expected but it does say a lot if you're not producing at either levels, especially lotto picks.
I dunno about Jalen Smith. On paper, he's the kinda guy we could use and but the fact that half the season is already in the books and he has played less than 2 NBA games worth of minutes is a bit concerning. Not concerning for us and our rotation heading into the playoffs but more so whether he's actually an NBA player. I get that it's not the Suns team of yesteryear where we're playing undeserving rookies starter minutes but being pretty underwhelming in the g-league as well is not a good sign.
I think it was easier when we had a GLeague team affiliated with the team, where coaches could chat and players on two way contracts and rookies could go there and get minutes. We could pull players up, and even sign one or two to two way contracts during the season if needed.
I am not too worried about Jalen, for I didn't expect him to get many minutes this season. He missed a bunch of games with an injury and then catching Covid. Getting garbage minutes the whole season and only 6 games on a non affiliated G League team is tough to evaluate. From what I have seen, he is still adjusting to being a little fish in a big pond, and with his smaller frame, is easily moved by guys he will be guarding. I like his work ethic and skill set, but I don't see him getting minutes that could help us come playoff time.
One thing I do like, is we are finally a team with solid team chemistry and a better culture for young players to develop. Practicing with the guys we have on this roster, he should learn quickly how to play solid NBA basketball.