This week’s blue chip player of the day is a player with a pedigree that extends back to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russ Smith is one of three draft picks from this year’s draft class.
He was selected by the Warriors in the second round (No. 29 overall) in April.
Smith is a 6-foot-11 wing player from Alabama who played at the University of Alabama and the University, of Alabama at Birmingham.
Smith has played in just 13 games (all starts) since being drafted by the Thunder and averaged 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds.
He’s shooting 40.6 percent from the field, including 38.7 percent from three-point range, in 26.4 minutes per game.
He also has a .837 field goal percentage this season, a career-best.
Smith ranks second in the league in scoring and fourth in rebounding.
In his senior season at Alabama, Smith was named to the All-SEC First Team.
Smith’s college career began at the UAB campus, where he averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
During his time at Alabama he played on the All Alabama Basketball team, averaging 13.3 rebounds per game, including a school record 10.1 in 2014-15.
The Crimson Tide finished second in scoring defense (121.1 points allowed per 100 possessions) in 2014 and Smith led the conference in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game in 2015-16.
Smith has made over 1,500 free throws in his career.
In his final collegiate season he averaged 20.7 points per contest, including 39.4 percent shooting from the floor.
This is the first time that Smith has been named a Blue Chip Pick of the Week.