Nickeil Alexander-Walker was one of my favorite low-key guys heading into the 2019 NBA Draft, and after his rookie season, nothing has changed. I still love him.
Sure, the raw numbers are gross. There’s no positive spin to put on that. He scored just over five points per game on extremely rough .339/.342/.607 shooting splits. It’s the eye test that impresses me, though. He navigates ball screens well, has a smooth looking jumper, handles the ball nicely, has great vision and at 6-foot-5 with an 8-foot-5 standing reach, has awesome length.
The Celtics were poised to make a deep playoff run prior to the season being postponed. They’re one of the league’s most balanced teams with solid depth at most positions. The area they need the most help in, though? The backup point guard spot.
No offense to Brad Wanamaker, but his 19-ish minutes per game for the Celtics just weren’t good enough this season. The Celts need someone to take those minutes from Wanamaker, and Alexander-Walker would be a good option.
I also have to believe that with Brad Stevens as his coach, Alexander-Walker would be more efficient on offense.
Original pick: 17