Nickeil Alexander-Walker Steals The Show In NBA Summer League

Monday, July 22, 2019 8:30 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 22, 2019 8:30 PM UTC

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, the No. 17 pick in the NBA Draft, excelled in Las Vegas, displaying his versatility on offense and high basketball IQ.

<div><p>No. 21 pick Brandon Clarke may have claimed NBA Summer League MVP honors while leading the Grizzlies to the 2019 championship but Nickeil Alexander-Walker ranked first with 24.3 points, fourth with 6.0 assists and third with 2.8 steals among summer leaguers who appeared in at least four games.</p><p>Alexander-Walker signed a two-year, $6,078,000 contract with the Pelicans on July 7 and after splitting their first two games in Nevada, he helped them win three straight before losing for the only time in the semifinals, 88-86 in overtime against the Grizzlies on Jul 14.</p><p>It was only the second time in the seven years of the NBA Summer League's tournament format that the Pelicans reached the semifinals and Alexander-Walker became just the third player in franchise history to garner first-team status in Las Vegas, joining JR Smith in 2015 and Seth Curry in 2015.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;If you didn't know &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@TheReal_NAW1&lt;/a&gt;, you do now.&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@NBASummerLeague&lt;/a&gt; First Team Nickeil Alexander-Walker put on a display in his top plays with the &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#SummerPelicans&lt;/a&gt; 🎥 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 15, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Nickeil Alexander-Walker was supposed to be the team's starting shooting guard in Las Vegas but his playmaking and court vision facilitated a move to point guard for the Toronto native.</p><p>Alexander-Walker's skills and potential from Virginia Tech were on full display in the NBA Summer League and he should play a significant role in the Pelicans rotation, even with Jrue Holliday and Lonzo Ball having the starting spots in the backcourt secured.</p><p>His game can translate well to the <a href="" target="_blank">NBA</a> because of his versatility to play at point or shooting guard and his length will help him see more minutes. With Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball helping him, Nickeil Alexander-Walker can become a special two-way player who can provide perimeter shooting, help on defense and create for himself and others.</p><p><u><strong>Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year Award<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BetOnline</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Zion Williamson -155</p><p>Ja Morant +333</p><p>RJ Barrett +450</p><p>Darius Garland +1500</p><p>De'Andre Hunter +1800</p><p>Michael Porter Jr. +1800</p><p>Coby White +2500</p><p>Cam Reddish +3500</p><p>Jarrett Culver +3000</p><p>Jaxson Hayes +4000</p><p>Rui Hachimura +4000</p><p>Sekou Doumbouya +5000</p><p>Nassir Little +5000</p><p>PJ Washington +5000</p><p>Bruno Fernando +6000</p><p>Keldon Johnson +6000</p><p>Mfiondu Kabengele +6000</p><p>Tyler Herro +6500</p><p>Bol Bol +7500</p><p>Nickeil Alexander-Walker +8500</p><p>Goga Bitadze +12500</p><p>KZ Okpala +12500</p><p>Kevin Porter Jr. +12500</p></div>
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