Jrue Holiday claims the way Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker handle themselves is ‘really promising’
Holiday believes all three Pelicans youngsters are going to be successful in New Orleans because of how mature and professional they already are.
Jrue Holiday on #Pelicans first-round picks (Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker) and how their maturity off the court bodes well for their futures in #NBA: "They’re good. They’re talented… The way they handle themselves is really promising."
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) September 24, 2019
Zion Williamson is obviously going to get all the hype and attention this upcoming season since he was the No. 1 overall pick, but Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker showed in Summer League they are going to play an important role on the Pelicans.
In his lone season at Duke, Williamson put on an absolute show. The high-flyer averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 68.0 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free-throw line. There hasn’t been this much hype surrounding a player since LeBron James. The Pelicans are hoping Williamson carves out a similar career as James — although that might be too much to ask from Zion.
At Texas, Hayes put up 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. He showed off his athleticism in Las Vegas, something the Pelicans are really excited to watch in the NBA since bigs are running the floor with more regularity now.
Alexander-Walker averaged 16.2 points and 4.0 assists at Virginia Tech last season. He figures to be a sponge around Jrue Holiday, who is one of the best two-way players in the league.