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2020 NBA Draft: New Orleans Pelicans select Kira Lewis Jr. with 13th pick

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A speedy, scoring point guard from the University of Alabama!

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With the 13th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, David Griffin and the New Orleans Pelicans selected Kira Lewis Jr., a point guard from the University of Alabama.

Lewis compiled a stat line of 18.5 points, 5.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 threes in a breakout sophomore campaign.

Despite spending two seasons in college, Lewis is one of the youngest players (birthdate: April 6, 2001) from this draft class because he graduated from Hazel Green High School (outside of Huntsville, AL) in three years.

The first thing that stands out about Lewis is his speed. He really flies all around the court.

As I mentioned in an article earlier today, the most recent mock drafts nailed New Orleans’ choice.

Lewis possesses a good offensive game for his stature (6’3, 175 pounds), and his ability to add strength and weight in the future will likely determine his ceiling in the NBA. Per The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie:

He’s going to be able to create separation at a high level in the NBA, and he’s able to finish plays relatively well with his shooting acumen. The ability to get separation, then finish plays is a combination that tends work at a high level in the NBA. I think he has a real chance to be a starting point guard in the NBA. How high he rises will depend on how good he gets as a finisher, and how much his frame develops over the next few years. If he can get into the 190-pound range, improve his core strength and ability to play through contact, and maintain the speed that makes him so effective, Lewis could legitimately be a top-half of the NBA starting guard. He’s never going to be an elite finisher, but if he can improve his floater game and start to accept contact, it would really open up his developing playmaking ability. That’s because teams would have to respect him at the basket with more dedicated help defenders. I actually think the upside here is quite high if the strength keeps coming along.

Obviously, the Pelicans are now overloaded with guards: Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Josh Hart, Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, and if you like, Brandon Ingram. Expect for the Pelicans to make additional moves in the near future.

Stay tuned for further updates on Lewis and the 2020 NBA Draft. Up next, the Pelicans will be selecting a player at #24, courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks in the trade for Jrue Holiday.

For more, listen to Preston Ellis, Eliot Clough, David Fisher, and Kevin Barrios react to the pick on our podcast below.

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