The New Orleans Pelicans are currently in one of the NBA’s most advantageous situations. Besides making the playoffs with a squad with the proper mix of youth and experience. Zion Williamson returns next season, and they have a top-10 choice in the NBA Draft in 2022. When Zion returns from injury, the Pelicans will be able to add an outstanding two-way wing player to their roster.
So, the New Orleans Pelicans are in an unusual situation. With a 99.5 percent likelihood of winning the lottery with an excellent roster. If the choice is 8th or 9th, several excellent prospects expect to take in that area.
Benedict Mathurin’s positives and negatives as a potential New Orleans Pelicans draft pick
Arizona wing Bennedict Mathurin, who improved his draft stock following a pair of big-game performances. In the NCAA Tournament, is one player expected to land. In that place (and sometimes ridiculed by the New Orleans Pelicans).
He made only 36.9% of his three-point attempts (on 6.1 shots per game). While averaging 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and a steal in his sophomore season with Arizona.
You can see in these clips that Mathurin, at 6-foot-7 and 195 pounds, is a terrific competitor. With the capacity to play over the edge. His 3-point shooting is inconsistent. But he can get hot and load it up from long range, as against rival ASU.
When it comes to shooting, he has to improve his decision-making. But his length and ability to disturb opponents on the perimeter should make him an impactful player on both ends.
The Pelicans’ Bennedict Mathurin will draft in the 2022 NBA Draft
The New Orleans Pelicans may have a guarding issue next season. Due to the contracts of Jose Alvarado, Devonte’ Graham, and Kira Lewis Jr., all of whom are tiny. Adding Mathurin would allow them to compete with Trey Murphy III. For playing time and maybe push Devonte’ Graham out of the lineup.
Ideally, New Orleans Pelicans would want to have as many long wings that can shoot. And defend around Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram as they can get. Some of the smaller defenders would also be simpler to play. The Pelicans can bolster their defense with the correct choice. But Mathurin also provides offensive potential and 3-point shooting, both of which the Pelicans presently lack.
An excellent issue to have, as the Pels can acquire a high-end/low-cost wing player to supplement Zion. And maybe Jaxson Hayes’ contract extensions, which will be critical as this team becomes more pricey.
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