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Kira Lewis Jr. selected by Pelicans with No. 13 pick

Kira Lewis Jr., NBA Draft, Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have made their pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, choosing Kira Lewis Jr. with their 13th overall selection.

Lewis Jr. played two seasons at Alabama. In 2018-19, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 13.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line in 34 games.

In 2019-20, Lewis Jr. took his offensive game to another level. He put up 18.5 points per game and was efficient, too, shooting 45.9 percent overall and 36.6 percent from the 3-point line.

Lewis Jr. finished his Alabama career with averages of 15.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 65 games. His best outing came on February 8, 2020 against Georgia. Lewis Jr. went off for 37 points to help Alabama get a three-point win. He shot 12-of-21 from the floor, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 10-of-15 from the free-throw line.

The 19-year-old playmaker can certainly score the ball pretty easily, so he should transition to the NBA fairly well. He can get to the rim at will with his speed and also beat opponents from the outside with his smooth-looking jumper.

As is the case with most scorers, though, Lewis Jr. has to improve his defensive instincts, otherwise he’s not going to see a lot of playing time as a rookie.

Kira Lewis Jr.’s potential, however, is intriguing. With that said, it should be interesting to see him develop over time in the NBA.