How will New Orleans fit a lot of players into limited minutes?
October 13, 2019, 7:17 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans' rookies continued their impressive preseasons in Sunday's road win over the Spurs, with Zion Williamson leading the way in a 22-point, 10-rebound effort.
Williamson went 8-for-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line while adding two steals in 31 minutes. He's done a lot to justify the massive hype around him and he's likely going to cost you a second or third-round pick in most fantasy leagues. Fellow rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker had another strong game with 13 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and two triples, but we'd take that with a grain of salt since J.J. Redick was resting. NAW is more of a dart throw in deep leagues and a fun dynasty target this season. Nicolo Melli, in line for stretch four work, chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers off the bench. The Pelicans should be tons of fun this season.
October 11, 2019, 11:32 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker continued the impressive start to his young career on Friday night as he keyed a one-point victory over the Jazz with 22 points, four assists, four threes and two rebounds.
At first glance, it is difficult to envision a consistent role for Alexander-Walker on this suddenly deep Pelicans roster. Considering the way the rookie has played, though, it may be tough for head coach Alvin Gentry to keep him out of the rotation.
October 9, 2019, 11:30 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 13 points with seven assists in a win over the Bulls on Wednesday.
Alexander-Walker shot 4-of-12 from the field and 3-of-8 from three while adding two rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes. Alexander-Walker has put up good numbers in the preseason so far, but he will have a limited role this season with the Pelicans' depth at the guard positions.
October 7, 2019, 10:08 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nikeil Alexander-Walker scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting while adding two rebounds, an assist, two steals and two triples in Monday's game against the Hawks.
Alexander-Walker plays much like his cousin, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He's capable of giving the Pelicans quality minutes whenever Josh Hart and J.J. Redick need some reprieve, but due to those two players, we can don't expect him to make much of a fantasy impact in his rookie year.
July 15, 2019, 5:32 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson, Jarrett Allen, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Clarke and Kendrick Nunn have been named to the Summer League First Team.
Robinson averaged 13.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in only 25.2 mpg in Vegas, and the hype train will continue to roll. Allen had a slow start to his Summer League but came around to dominate as a player of his caliber should. Alexander-Walker and Clarke showed out for the rookie class, with NAW finishing third in scoring at 24.3 points per game. Nunn put up 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals in his summer session and will look to crack the backcourt rotation in Miami this year.
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July 14, 2019, 7:58 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had a rough Sunday night, going 5-for-23 from the field to finish with 14 points as the Pelicans fell to the Grizzlies 86-88 in OT,
Alexander-Walker was on fire prior to this game and a bad one was due to come his way sooner or later. He did add seven rebounds, two 3s, five assists and three steals to round out his line for the night. He's a solid rookie for the Pelicans but will be competing for backup SG minutes with Josh Hart and J.J. Redick, so he won't be seeing a lot of burn from the get-go.
July 13, 2019, 8:42 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker exploded for a game-high 34 points on 9-of-21 shooting (five 3s), adding five rebounds, five dimes and four steals in Saturday's Summer League OT win over the Heat.
NAW has been just a thrill to watch in Summer League, showing that his NBA-ready game is legit and more than just draft-hype. It's almost a shame that he's playing for the Pelicans and behind all that backcourt depth. Still, if he plays this well, it'll be hard to deny him minutes.
July 10, 2019, 9:27 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker dominated the Cavs in Wednesday's Summer League win, scoring 26 points (10-of-20 shooting) to go with five rebounds, six assists, a steal, a block, three 3-pointers and five turnovers.
Alexander-Walker flashed an all-around skill set once again, making an early case to be considered for rotation minutes in what is currently a crowded backcourt with Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick and Josh Hart. He still figures to get chances in his first year on a New Orleans team that will look to toe the line of prioritizing youth while still making a push to compete for the playoffs.
July 9, 2019, 12:10 amNickeil Alexander-WalkerPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker filled up the stat sheet in Monday's thrashing of the Bulls in Summer League (109-72), dropping 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
The kid did it all as he hit three treys, added two rebounds, eight dimes, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes of action. He's got a great skill and stat set for sure, but given the Pelican's depth, he will have some serious competition for those backcourt minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on him in the preseason.
July 7, 2019, 1:42 amJaxson HayesPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have officially completed their draft night trade, acquiring Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Marcos Louzada Silva.
None of the Pels' rookies were able to suit up in the team's first two Summer League games but it's possible we see them over the course of next week. Hayes is the most interesting player of the bunch from a fantasy perspective and it'll be fun to see all the raw tools in a loose environment like Summer League.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
June 20, 2019, 9:26 pmNickeil Alexander-WalkerG, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans selected Nickeil Alexander-Walker with the 17th pick in Thursday’s draft.
Alexander-Walker is a solid combo guard who isn’t special at any specific things but is more built around being a jack of all trades. The landing spot isn’t good for him as it stands in New Orleans, as he’ll sit behind Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday and potentially Elfrid Payton on the depth chart.