Pelicans select Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. 13th overall

Pelicans select Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. 13th overall
Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr. (2) (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Though they were reportedly very interested in trading up, the Pelicans stayed put at pick 13 to select Alabama point guard Kira Lewis Jr.

Pelicans 1st-round pick Kira Lewis, Jr. ready to roll in NOLA

As a sophomore last season, he averaged 18.5 points per game and 5.2 assists. Most notably, he’s one of the fastest players in the game, which fits what the Pelicans do best when it comes to playing in transition. He’s also well-aware of the opportunity he has to play with a talent like Zion Williamson.

“Feel like it’s a match made in heaven, me and Zion playing together,” says Lewis Jr.

He joins a roster currently loaded with guards, including Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill.

Following their selection of Lewis, the Pelicans dealt away their remaining picks. They sent the 24th overall pick to Denver. They also sent two second round picks, at 39th and 42nd overall, to Utah and Charlotte, respectively.

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