Nickeil Alexander-Walker: Sophomore Guard, Virginia Tech
Right away one of the comparisons for Alexander-Walker is last years top “tweener” pick Shai-Gilgeous-Alexander, which is not a crazy comparison to make considering that the two are cousins and play in a similar way.
Many are high on SGA and would love him on the Phoenix Suns, but there may be a way to get the same style of play at less cost – and still have a fun name.
Alexander-Walker is someone who fits the mold perfectly of a player the Phoenix Suns should want around Devin Booker.
He is 6’5″, with a long wingspan, giving him the potential to be a good defender in the NBA, and is comfortable playing both guard positions.
One of the biggest concerns at Virginia Tech was his high turnover rate, which is obviously something he will have to work on, but could be covered up by letting someone like Booker run the show at times.
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Walker also is more of a shooter than his cousin as he shot 38% over his two year college career making 1.7 a game, so he is not hesitant to take an open shot when one comes.
He is also reliable at the charity stripe making nearly 78% of his free throws his sophomore season.
That said, Walker’s other biggest weakness relates back to his free throws in that he only averaged 4.0 a game last season and he is not expected to be a great finisher around the rim in the NBA, mostly due to his thin frame (think Bridges), which is something that can be improved through professional weight training, but usually does not change drastically.
Alexander-Walker is projected to go anywhere from the late lottery into the early twenties.
This is the prime spot the Phoenix Suns would be trading back into if they end up doing so.
Finding someone who could immediately play off the bench at either guard spot and projects to be a good fit starting next to Devin Booker is something the Suns should look at if a move is made.