With the Phoenix Suns sitting out the 2021 NBA Draft with no choices, there shall be one man Monty Williams and the Suns entrance workplace could have their eyes on specifically in Summer time League play: final yr’s No. 10 general choice, Jalen Smith.
Phoenix is going through front-line uncertainty with Dario Saric presumably being out subsequent season together with his ACL tear within the NBA Finals. Regardless that the Suns agreed to phrases with JaVale McGee and introduced again Frank Kaminsky in free company, Jalen Smith can successfully make the change between the 4 and 5 spot very like Saric.
Jalen is beginning to stand out by gathering double-doubles in all three video games of Summer time League play, together with a 21 level and 11 rebounds efficiency on Thursday, flattening 4 photographs from past the arc.
Smith has supplied the illustration of what’s required from a first-round decide in Summer time League video games, exhibiting his talent set that may be transferred to NBA video games going ahead.
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Phoenix Suns head coach, Monty Williams talked about Jalen’s rising pains final yr taking part in with out a Summer time League because of the COVID-19 pandemic and his future studying a brand new place via ArizonaSports.com.
“Going proper from being drafted to a coaching camp, however not solely that, just about making an attempt to study a brand new place,” Williams said. “Going from a 5 and making an attempt to discover ways to play like Dario. That’s one thing that we’ve talked about is Jalen changing into a extra athletic Dario. That’s a excessive objective, if you’ll, however we really feel like with the work he’s put in with (assistant) coach (Mark) Bryant, he’s gonna get there sometime.”
Jalen Smith’s athleticism and measurement have stood out on the ground the final three video games in addition to his minutes. Contemplating the dearth of time for preparation for final season, Phoenix desires Smith to have as a lot of a possibility as potential after barely taking part in his rookie season.