The New Orleans Pelicans ended their 2019-20 season with a 133-127 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Several of the Pelicans young players saw extended playing time in the finale and posted some of their best numbers, including career-highs for Frank Jackson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
“Well, I think for young players to get better, they have to play,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “It was good to be able to play him these minutes, and they were good minutes. They weren’t like trash minutes or anything, they were minutes that meant a lot. It’s good to see those guys get out and compete at that level. As I said, we’ve just got to continue to work in the summer individually on our game, and then we have to work collectively when we get back as a team.”
Jackson scored a career-high 31 points and Alexander-Walker, who made his first career start, added 29.
““Every day is an opportunity. Every day you get a chance to prove something. Tonight, I looked at it as an opportunity for me to develop as a rookie and transcend into next season, trying to bring positive energy into the offseason,” Alexander-Walker said. “I’m feeling confident. I know what to work on and the high points. You never know who’s watching. You don’t know what the future holds, so I think every day [and] every game is an important opportunity to show something.”