Chicago Bulls: Alabama PG Kira Lewis Jr. gaining steam post-workout

Kira Lewis Jr. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Kira Lewis Jr. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Just following his workout with the Chicago Bulls, among other teams, there could be a rise in draft stock with the former Alabama PG Kira Lewis Jr.

There’s a few prospects in this 2020 NBA Draft class that the Chicago Bulls worked out that are worth watching heading into the night of Nov. 18. A lot of the prospects that the Bulls worked out thus far are not ones for which they would pick with the fourth overall pick in the draft lottery. Teams will always be prepared to know the prospects up and down that they’re interested in at any point of the draft.

That’s something we’re seeing with the Bulls working out and further evaluating the former Alabama Crimson Tide sophomore star point guard Kira Lewis Jr. Recently the Bulls worked out Lewis Jr., along with a number of other teams around the NBA.

And according to the latest 2020 mock draft from Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report, Lewis Jr. could be seeing his draft stock rise after a number of good workouts with different teams around the NBA. In his latest mock draft, Wasserman had Lewis Jr. rising all the way up to the 10th pick in the first round to land with the Phoenix Suns.

Considering Lewis Jr. was considered to be a mid-to-late first round pick at best leading up to the draft month of November, this is a pretty big surprise. Lewis Jr. is a talented point guard, but that would place him above the likes of French point guard Killian Hayes, Kentucky combo guard Tyrese Maxey, UNC point guard Cole Anthony, Arizona shooting guard Josh Green, and NBL (New Zealand Breakers) combo guard RJ Hampton.

Rising above all of those highly touted guards is something that would be shocking for Lewis Jr., but it is certainly possible. Given the unusual draft scouting process throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic in the difficult year of 2020, teams picking around the late lottery could have a lot of volatility on their big boards.

Moreover, in this mock draft Wasserman had the Bulls picking the Maccabi Tel Aviv shooting guard/wing Deni Avdija with the fourth overall pick. That wouldn’t surprise many people if the Bulls do land Avdija with the fourth pick.

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During his sophomore season with Alabama, Lewis Jr. averaged 18.5 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks. He shot 45.9 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 79.3 percent from the free-throw line.

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