Canadian sniper Nickeil Alexander-Walker might not be exactly what the Brooklyn Nets need at No. 17 overall, but (a) in today’s NBA you can never have too much shooting and (b) at worst he provides Brooklyn with a valuable trade piece.
Alexander-Walker fits the Brooklyn mold as a very smart player who has a strong sense of detail and. like the Nets’ other top guards, is comfortable either at the 1 or 2 spot.
He also has good defensive instincts, getting nearly two steals per game for the Hokies this season, and out-thinks defenders with solid fakes and hesitation moves to get past them despite lacking that explosive first step.
Alexander-Walker has good form and a very quick release from 3-point range and his wide shoulders indicate he can add size and strength to a slender 6-foot-5, 205-pound body.
Perhaps his biggest strength offensively is the sense of when to attack and where to attack, always seeming to make good decisions when to go to the rim, take a jumper or find an open shooter. Can be somewhat careless with the ball at times, however, and needs to cut down his turnover rate.