Alabama Basketball: 3 reasons Kira Lewis will succeed in New Orleans

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Alabama basketball star Kira Lewis will have a great NBA career.

After months of waiting, Alabama basketball fans finally know where Kira Lewis will begin his NFL career. Late in the NBA Draft lottery, Lewis was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans.

This is an exciting pick by the Pelicans, but it should be even more exciting for Kira Lewis. Every player is a risk when you draft them, but Kira Lewis has what it takes to succeed in the NBA. Specifically, he will thrive with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Here are the reasons why both Alabama basketball fans and New Orleans Pelicans fans should be thrilled about this pairing.

3. Kira Lewis is where the NBA is going

Every NBA Draft, there is a conversation about players who would have dominated in different eras. Kira Lewis is finding himself in the right place at the right time with how the NBA is trending.

Professional basketball players used to rely on height and strength. Now, you need shooters and speed. Kira Lewis has both of those attributes, and he will only improve as he is coached by an NBA team.

Lewis used his speed to thrive in Tuscaloosa. He pushed the ball in transition, split defenders in the half-court offense, and usually made the right decision with the basketball. Whether he took the contact or dished out for an open jumper, he practically always seemed to be smart with the basketball. This will work well in the NBA as a whole, but it will specifically help him with the Pelicans. New Orleans loves this style of player, and he will thrive in their system. However, we’ll talk more about that next.