Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Nickeil Alexander-Walker
22-Year-Old GuardG
New Orleans Pelicans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The 2019 17th overall pick saw action in 47 games during his rookie campaign, but his first career start didn't come until New Orleans' final game in the Orlando bubble in mid-August. While Alexander-Walker acquitted himself very well in that contest - putting up 29 points, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes - he averaged a modest 5.7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds across 12.6 minutes over 47 games overall while shooting just 36.8 percent overall. Alexander-Walker enters the 2020-21 campaign with a similarly modest fantasy outlook, as he remains relatively buried on the backcourt depth chart. The Pelicans acquired Eric Bledsoe via trade with the Bucks and drafted Kira Lewis with the 13th overall pick earlier in November. Bledsoe's arrival also relegates J.J. Redick to a second-unit role, leaving Alexander-Walker as the presumptive third or fourth option at each guard spot. Naturally, injuries in front of him could open up opportunity, but for the time being, Alexander-Walker may have a difficult time exceeding his rookie-season allotment of playing time by any appreciable margin. Read Past Outlooks
$The Pelicans picked up the 2021-22 team option for Alexander-Walker in December 2020.
Personal Bio

Nickeil Alexander-Walker was born in 1998 in Toronto, Ontario. He is the son of Nicole Alexander and Nicholas Walker and has three sisters and three brothers. Alexander-Walker is also the cousin of NBA guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Toronto native attended three different high schools: Vaughan Secondary School (Ontario), St. Louis Christian Academy (Missouri) and Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Tennessee). At Hamilton Heights, he was able to play with Gilgeous-Alexander. In 2016, Alexander-Walker competed for Team Canada at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship and led the team to the silver medal. His 17.4 points per game led all tournament scorers. After high school, Alexander-Walker played two seasons of collegiate ball at Virginia Tech. Fans can follow the Hokie product on Twitter (@NickeilAW) and Instagram (nickeilaw).

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For two seasons, 2017 through 2019, Alexander-Walker started in the backcourt for coach Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-5 guard provided 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 three-pointers per game as a freshman. He opened his career with a combined 53 points in his first two games. Alexander-Walker would only score 20 points or more in one other game, but he provided consistent perimeter shooting -- Alexander-Walker connected on 39.2 percent of his three-point attempts during that freshman year. The Hokies made the 2018 NCAA Tournament but lost in the first round to Alabama despite 15 points from the first-year guard. Alexander-Walker matured into a lead scorer as a sophomore. The athletic wing led the squad with 16.2 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. He again started the season on a hot streak with four straight 20-point games. The Toronto-native also had 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists during a victory over Miami in the regular-season finale. The Hokies returned to the Big Dance in 2019 and advanced to the second round. Alexander-Walker had six points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the first-round win over Liberty. He was named to the All-ACC Third Team. Following the season, Alexander-Walker declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and was chosen with the 17th overall by the Brooklyn Nets.

Gets big minutes off bench
GNew Orleans Pelicans
January 20, 2021
Alexander-Walker posted nine points (4-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 31 minutes Tuesday in the Pelicans' 118-102 loss to the Jazz.
ANALYSIS
With Lonzo Ball (knees) returning to the starting five after a three-game abasence, Alexander-Walker shifted back to a bench role, but he didn't see his playing time suffer much as a result. It's worth noting that the Pelicans deliberately planned to limit Ball's playing time in his first game back (he played 23 minutes), and the fact that New Orleans was trailing by 22 entering the fourth quarter also may have pushed up Alexander-Walker's minutes count. Don't be surprised if Alexander-Walker's playing time falls closer to the 20-minute mark in Thursday's rematch with the Jazz, assuming that game is more competitive.
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Alexander-Walker was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut for the Pelicans Oct. 22 against the Raptors. In those 12 minutes, he posted three points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. He had his first double-digit scoring effort and posted a career-high nine assists during the fourth game of the season, Oct. 28 against the Warriors. In those 24 minutes, the rookie posted 15 points, nine assists, four rebounds and one steal with just one turnover. Alexander-Walker scored a career-high 27 points Nov. 16 against the Heat. That game, he also posted four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. The 6-foot-5 guard's other single-game career highs were set at six three-pointers, five rebounds (three times), two steals (four times) and two blocks (twice). Before the hiatus, the Virginia Tech product averaged 5.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in 12.2 minutes while shooting 33.9 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from three and 60.7 percent from the charity stripe. Alexander-Walker also appeared in two G League contests for the Erie BayHawks. Across 70 total minutes in the G League, he racked up 33 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two steals. The Pelicans were one of the 22 teams invited to participate in the restart of the NBA season within the Orlando bubble. Appearing in six of a possible eight seeding games, the rookie averaged 9.3 points, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 15.0 minutes.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Brooklyn Nets with Allen Crabbe and a 2020 1st round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Taurean Prince and a 2021 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 7, 2019
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks with Jaxson Hayes, Marcos Louzada Silva and a 2020 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Jordan Bone, Solomon Hill, De'Andre Hunter and a 2023 2nd round draft pick and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Alexander-Walker's size and playmaking ability helped him be voted onto the 2018-19 All-ACC Third Team as a sophomore last season, and the Pelicans felt confident selecting him with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 Draft. The Virginia Tech product, in conference play, averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals. He was one of the big surprises of summer league, making the All-Tournament First Team with averages of 24.3 points (41.2 FG%, 40.6 3P%, 78.3 FT%), 6.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals in 30.4 minutes. While Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick should occupy plenty of backcourt minutes, Alexander-Walker's 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame should allow him to play both guard spots, increasing his potential time on the court, especially since Ball and Holiday are multi-position players as well. Taking the rookie in fantasy drafts is risky given his less-than-ideal path to minutes, but it's difficult to ignore the upside he's shown.
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Shifts back to bench
GNew Orleans Pelicans
January 19, 2021
Alexander-Walker will come off the bench Tuesday against the Jazz.
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Nine points in Sunday's win
GNew Orleans Pelicans
January 18, 2021
Alexander-Walker had nine points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-5 FT), five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes during Sunday's victory over Sacramento.
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Delivers career-best game in loss
GNew Orleans Pelicans
January 13, 2021
Alexander-Walker registered 37 points (15-23 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, an assist and a steal across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 111-106 loss against the Clippers.
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Joins starting five
GNew Orleans Pelicans
January 13, 2021
Alexander-Walker will start Wednesday's game against the Clippers.
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Increased opportunity possible
GNew Orleans Pelicans
January 6, 2021
Alexander-Walker scored 13 points (5-14 FG, 0-5 3PT, 3-3 FT) to go along with five rebounds, one assist and two steals across 27 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Thunder.
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