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Western Southwest Standings

Team Conf Overall
21-21 42-30
19-23 38-34
17-25 33-39
18-24 31-41
11-31 17-55

2020 Stats

Regular Season 16.7 6.4 38.6 1.3 2.3

Top Kira Lewis Jr. News

  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Third-year-option exercised

    Lewis' third-year option was exercised by the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    After averaging 6.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 16.7 minutes per game during his rookie season, Lewis' third-year option was exercised by the team. The Alabama product will now be officially under contract with the Pelicans for the 2022-23 season. With the departure of Lonzo Ball, Lewis is seemingly in line to receive more minutes at point guard for New Orleans this season.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Can't find stroke from field

    Lewis finished Thursday's 135-100 win over Orlando with six points (2-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three assists over 23 minutes.

    New Orleans jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead, giving Lewis a chance to log his most playing time since April 2. However, the rookie guard didn't do much with the opportunity, hitting only two of his 11 field-goal attempts. Poor shooting has been an issue for Lewis this season -- he is making only 40.8 percent of his shots from the field, though his 35.6 percent mark from beyond the arc is at least tolerable.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Scores well in limited minutes

    Lewis scored 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt) to go along with three assists, one rebound and one steal across 15 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings.

    Lewis didn't see a minutes bump despite the absence of Lonzo Ball (hip), as the team instead opted to keep Eric Bledsoe as the point guard with the starting unit. However, Lewis delivered scoring and assists in his limited time and was also a +14 as compared to Bledsoe's -7. Even so, Lewis is likely to remain in a depth role as the team pushes to earn a spot in the play-in games to reach the playoffs.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Pilots second unit Sunday

    Lewis tallied six points (2-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two steals, one rebound and one assist across 18 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Pelicans' 116-109 win over the Cavaliers.

    Though New Orleans was without both of Lonzo Ball (hip) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle), Lewis didn't get the opportunity to join the starting five in what was the rookie's second appearance since missed three games with a strained calf. Instead, Eric Bledsoe shifted over to point guard, clearing a starting spot on the wing for Naji Marshall. Lewis still worked as the Pelicans' lead guard on the bench, and he'll likely stick in the role over Marshall once Ball is back in the fold. Alexander-Walker has been Lewis' main competition for minutes this season, but the former is likely to remain sidelined for multiple weeks.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Set to return Friday

    Lewis (calf) will play in Friday's game against the 76ers, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

    Lewis missed the last three games due to a strained right calf but is set to return to the court Friday. With Lonzo Ball (hip) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) sidelined, Lewis should see minutes at both guard spots along with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Questionable vs. 76ers

    Lewis (calf) is questionable for Friday's matchup against the 76ers.

    Lewis has sat out three straight games due to a strained right calf, but he may be able to return Friday. If he does, he'll be competing for minutes with Isaiah Thomas, who is on a 10-day contract.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Out vs. Nets

    Lewis (calf) is out for Wednesday's game against the Nets, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.

    Lewis will miss a third straight contest due to a right calf strain. In his absence, Isaiah Thomas could step into extra minutes.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Questionable vs. Nets

    Lewis (calf) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn.

    The rookie has been bothered by a calf injury of late, which has cost him the last two games. If he's cleared to play Wednesday, he could challenge new addition Isaiah Thomas for the backup point guard minutes behind Lonzo Ball.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Won't play Tuesday

    Lewis (calf) is unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans reports.

    Lewis was considered doubtful due to a strained right calf, so it's no surprise he's sitting out for a second straight contest. Veteran Isaiah Thomas will make his Pelicans debut Tuesday with Brandon Ingram (toe), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) and Josh Hart (thumb) also sidelined.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Likely out Tuesday

    Lewis (calf) is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game at Atlanta.

    The rookie is dealing with a strained right calf, which kept him out of Sunday's win over the Rockets. The Pelicans are entering a Tuesday/Wednesday back-to-back, so it's very possible Lewis ends up missing both of those contests.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Ruled out of Sunday's game

    Lewis (calf) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Rockets, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

    As expected, the rookie guard will be held out after sustaining a strained right calf during Friday night's loss to Atlanta. Lewis had a mini-breakout Friday, finishing the game with a career-best 21 points to go with two rebounds, two assists and a block in 26 minutes. He should be considered day-to-day for now, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Lewis ultimately misses multiple games.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Doubtful vs. Rockets

    Lewis is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Rockets due to a strained right calf.

    With the Pelicans dealing with multiple absences, Lewis has seen more playing time than usual lately. He played 33 minutes during Thursday's loss to the Magic and 26 minutes during Friday's loss to the Hawks. Ultimately, he picked up a calf injury along the way and is unlikely to play Sunday. Isaiah Thomas might debut Sunday, which would help make up for some of Lewis' minutes.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Nets career-high 21 points

    Lewis registered 21 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal in 25 minutes during Friday's 126-103 loss to the Hawks.

    The 19-year-old took full advantage of extra playing time Friday with Zion Williamson (thumb), Brandon Ingram (toe) and Lonzo Ball (hip) all out of the lineup. Before Friday's game, Lewis was averaging just 6.3 points while playing 15.4 minutes in 32 games. Until Williamson, Ingram and Ball return to the lineup, feel free to stream Lewis if you need decent points along with low-end three-pointers, assists and steals.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Plays career-high 33 minutes

    Lewis totaled nine points (4-13 FG, 1-3 3PT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 115-110 loss to the Magic.

    Lonzo Ball (hip) has been sidelined since March 20, and even despite the emergence of Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in recent games, Lewis was forced to play a career-high 33 minutes due to injuries to Brandon Ingram (toe) and Zion Williamson (thumb). The shooting efficiency is a concern, but the 19-year-old has proved he can affect a game without scoring, averaging 5.3 assists and 1.6 steals per 36 minutes.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Scores 13 off bench

    Lewis had 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), five assists and three rebounds in Saturday's win over the Mavs.

    Lewis took advantage of the continued absence of Lonzo Ball (hip) to play 25 minutes off the bench as the primary backup to Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The Alabama product had one of his more well-rounded games of the season, but he hasn't proven consistent enough -- or played enough minutes -- to warrant fantasy consideration in standard formats.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Hits multiple career highs

    Lewis posted 16 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six assists, two blocks and one rebound in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 128-111 win over the Lakers.

    Lewis' 16 points, six assists and two blocks all represented career highs for this season's 13th overall pick out of Alabama. It was also his seventh time this season seeing at least 20 minutes. He saw elevated playing time due to the absence of Lonzo Ball (hip).

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Plays nine minutes in loss

    Lewis was held scoreless in nine minutes Tuesday night against Portland.

    The rookie out of Alabama had played 20-plus minutes in the last three games, but Stan Van Gundy favored Nickeil Alexander-Walker on Tuesday, rolling with the Virginia Tech product for 25 minutes off the bench. The pair will likely continue to battle for minutes over the second half, but neither is likely to emerge as a consistent fantasy contributor in standard leagues.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Tough night in loss to Suns

    Lewis was held scoreless (0-8 FG, 0-4 3Pt) with four assists in Friday's loss to the Suns.

    The rookie missed all four of his three-point attempts and was held without a point for the first time since Jan. 21, when he played just two minutes off the bench. Nonetheless, Lewis has solidified himself as the Pels' backup point guard of late, averaging 19.4 minutes over his last eight games. Meanwhile, Nickeil Alexander-Walker has averaged just 8.6 minutes per game, while picking up three DNP-CDs, in that span.

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  • Pelicans' Kira Lewis: Makes defensive impact in loss

    Lewis tallied 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four steals and two assists across 17 minutes Sunday in the Pelicans' 123-112 loss to the Pistons.

    After largely being on the outside of head coach Stan Van Gundy's rotation through late January, Lewis has moved ahead of Nickeil Alexander-Walker and JJ Redick as the top guard off the bench. He could soon be coming for Eric Bledsoe's spot in the starting five, as the rookie has now received no fewer than 17 minutes in any of the last five games, averaging 9.0 points (on 51.5 percent shooting from the field), 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 three-pointers. Bledsoe, meanwhile, has seen his playing time drop to 26.8 minutes per game over that span, and he's converted at less than a 40 percent clip from the field. Lewis probably won't be a must-roster player in 12-team leagues until he's consistently getting 20-plus minutes, but he makes for a solid speculative pickup for teams looking to fill out the back end of their roster with an upside play.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 170 lbs
Birthplace: Meridianville, AL
Age: 20
Class: Freshman