NBA Draft

Kira Lewis Jr.
13.5 2.6 2.9
Team: Alabama Crimson TideHeight: 6-3 Born: 4/6/2001
Class-Eligibility: So-SoWeight: 165 Hometown: Meridianville, AL

Scouting Report

As a freshman, Lewis was the youngest player to appear in a game in Division I men's basketball, playing the whole season as a 17-year-old.
After a productive two seasons at Alabama, the point guard is a borderline lottery draft pick. He averaged 18.5 points, 5.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game this past season for a mediocre Crimson Tide team.
At 6-feet-3 and 165 pounds, Lewis' frame is slight. But he might be the fastest player in this year's draft class.
Lewis' speed is a massive asset in transition. But it can a detriment when he gets out of control while attacking the basket.
The good news: Lewis' halfcourt playing pace improved from his freshman to sophomore season, aiding his decision-making. He can create for himself with nifty ballhandling moves. He can drive and kick out of the pick and roll. His assist average nearly doubled (2.9 per game as a frosh) year to year.
Lewis shot 45.9 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from 3-point distance this past season. He is particularly good off the catch, suggesting he also has potential to be successful while playing alongside another ballhandler.
Lewis needs to get stronger. It limited him defensively in college and will be an even bigger problem on the NBA perimeter. That quickness, though, certainly helps Lewis snag steals. And he is a great rebounder for his size.
Lewis' well-rounded production was excellent. He displayed growth from one season to the next. And he has a rare blend of youth and experience, as he just turned 19 in April yet has played two seasons of college basketball.
For a team looking to develop a point guard with dynamic potential, Lewis could be a good fit.
Projection: First round

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