The long-awaited 2019 NBA Draft has concluded. There were many shocks and surprises, ranging from Nassir Little slipping all the way to 25 to the Magic taking a chance on Chuma Okeke. This recap will focus on how the New Orleans Pelicans held up in their first draft under David Griffin.
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Pick No. 1: Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
It’s official; Zion is a Pelican. Next.
Pick No. 8: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
After acquiring the fourth overall pick from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade, the Pelicans elect to send the pick and Solomon Hill to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for pick numbers 8, 17, and 35. With the first of the aforementioned picks, New Orleans selected Jaxson Hayes from Texas. Hayes will be a perfect fit here; he both fits a need and their style of play. The 6’11” center is a very athletic, rim-protecting big that looks to make an impact right away.
Pick No. 17: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
With the second of the three picks acquired from Atlanta, the Pelicans select Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a Canadian combo guard from Virginia Tech. The Pelicans needed some more depth at the guard spot, and they get that here in Alexander-Walker. I believe he is a good value pick at 17. Alexander-Walker should see some quality playing time with the second unit.
Pick No. 35: Marcos Louzada Silva, SF, Brazil
Early in the second round, New Orleans snags the Brazilian small forward Marcos Louzada Silva. Silva, affectionately known as Didi, is an absolute sharpshooter, shooting at about 50% from the field and 42.5% from three-point range (he was around 47% in April). Didi will be a draft-and-stashed player who could help the Pelicans in the future. Until he steps foot onto an NBA court, we won’t know what he’s capable of. As far as what we’ve seen from him, I like this selection.