Berlin – The most valuable player of the past season signs a three-year contract with the best team of the past season – there can hardly be a more promising combination than this. With the engagement of Jaleen Smith, Alba Berlin published on Wednesday what had been wafting through the media basketball world as a hot rumor for a few weeks and was of course adequately rated. In what position you see him, what influence he can have on the game of the German champions or how far he can compensate for the departures of Peyton Siva and Jayson Granger. When fans exchange ideas about the new players in their team, there is a lot of conjecture, evaluation and oracle.
What really matters, however, are the assessments of those responsible for sports. Above all the trainers. “Jaleen Smith fits perfectly into our team in terms of play and character,” says Alba’s new head coach Israel Gonzalez. 5.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals in the past season for Ludwigsburg are impressive in any case and numerical evidence that the 26-year-old American is a universally applicable player.
Smith’s bad luck is Alba Berlin’s luck
Up until a few days ago, the development player also demonstrated his skills in the NBA Summer League wearing the Phoenix Suns jersey. He put on 9.6 points, 5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in five games on the show stage of the North American professional league. Apparently, however, they weren’t enough arguments to actually sign a contract with the NBA, his ultimate goal. His personal bad luck, however, is the luck of Alba Berlin. Since a decision was probably only made a few days ago, you had to believe Himar Ojeda until last week that both sides had spoken to each other, but nothing had been signed yet.
Until now. Just in time for the first official week of Alba Berlin training, everything is fixed and the squad planning is complete. Smith, who shouldered a lot of responsibility in Ludwigsburg and led the team to first place in the main round last season, has already started training in Berlin and is looking forward to the new task: “Alba’s style of play suits me very well.” The most valuable Players and the best team from last season have to go well together.