Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
16.2 4.1 4.0 1.9 0.5 47.4 37.4 77.8 54.6 21.9
Sales Pitch
A jack of all trades wing with good length that has intriguing two-way ability.
Background
Every year there seems to be a draft prospect that sneaks his way through the pre-draft hype and deserves a bit more attention than he deserves. Virginia Tech combo guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker just might take home that award this year. Alexander-Walker is a fascinating prospect because he does just a bit of everything at a good level but he's not an elite athlete. The cousin of Clippers rookie phenom guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nickeil is an impressive combo guard with great length and fantastic handles with both hands. He also might be one of the best passers in this year's class.
Pro Comparison
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander/Malcolm Brogdon/ Spencer Dinwiddie Hybrid
Positives

SCORING VERSATILITY

  • A weapon on the offensive floor that can hurt you at all three levels. Shows a great amount of poise and control with the ball. Should be a serious asset in pick and roll game. Does a fantastic job of using body fakes and hesitations to set up defenders and make up for his lack of elite athleticism.

PASSING ABILITY

  • Might be one of the best passers in this draft class. Great vision and ability to use both hands to make passes in tight windows. Ambidextrous with his dribbling ability and talent to shock you with his off hand deliveries. 

OFFENSIVE UPSIDE

  • Has potential to develop into a great weapon off of the bench for his next club. Can play off of the ball or as a primary ball handler. Intelligent with his shot selection. 

 

Negatives

ATHLETICISM

  • Doesn't possess great athleticism or explosiveness. Will be his most common knock. Struggles finishing at the rim because of it and often has to finish heavily contested shots. His length allows him to alter his shot in the lane, but he could struggle to adapt to bigger athletes around the rim. 

OUTSIDE SHOOTING

  • A bit of an awkward load up on his shot. Almost a catapult-like release when shooting from deep. Has shown the ability to get it off quickly but needs to be more effective to become a complete offensive threat. 

ROLE

  • Are teams drafting him to be a combo guard? His best chance at success is as a secondary playmaker. Could thrive if he falls into the right situation where he can be a complementary asset. 

 

Overall
One of the most intriguing "jack-of-all-trades" prospects in this years draft class, Nickeil Alexander-Walker should be a coveted prospect by teams needing to sure up their backcourt depth. While most experts will knock Alexander-Walkers lack of elite athleticism, he plays with a veteran like savvy and shows a great amount of control and feel in his game. Alexander-Walker is phenomenal with both hands, whether he's off the dribble or delivering beautiful passes to his teammates. He projects as a weapon in the pick and roll game as a player who can play both positions and flashes serious two-way potential.
Birthplace

Toronto
Canada

Draft Selection
17