The New Orleans Pelicans have some exciting young talents other than stars Zion Williamson.
Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker have both made some strides in their second seasons and hope to score more with increased roles in year three.
Kira Lewis Junior goes down a similar trajectory, with the 20-year-old having had some sweet moments for the Pelicans this season, but he’s also looked lost at times, like a guy who could have used some time in the G League.
Lewis Jr. wasn’t given that luxury in a season short of COVID with no real G-League to send him, so instead, he got his reps off the bench.
There were plenty of positives, as Kyra Lewis Jr. showed he can play and take care of the ball, posting the eighth best assist to a turnover in the league.
But he also showed some massive flaws that he will have to fix if he is to be an influential player in the NBA.
New Orleans Pelicans: Kyra Lewis Jr should improve his shot
The most obvious problem with Lewis Jr’s game is that he hit the ball poorly in the junior season. It only shot 39 percent overall and only 33 percent from a 3-point range, numbers that won’t cut it in this era.
Many believe that The Pelicans missed an opportunity to grab an extra shooter in the latest NBA Draft, so Lewis Jr would need to pick him up to avoid these kinds of negative comparisons.
Lewis Jr. is lightning fast, there’s no denying it, but so far he hasn’t been able to finish in the driveway or shoot, two things Pelicans will need from him.