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Birmingham Squadron to Host 2022 NBA Draft Party at Avondale Brewing Company

June 16, 2022 - NBA G League (G League) - Birmingham Squadron News Release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the second consecutive year, the Birmingham Squadron - NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans - will be hosting an NBA Draft Watch Party. This year's watch party, called the "Squadron Summer Slam" will be held on the lawn at Avondale Brewing Company on Thursday, June 23 from 6-9 p.m.

Join the Squadron staff and fellow fans for a night of fun to see who the New Orleans Pelicans will select in the 2022 NBA Draft. Last season, the Pelicans selected forward Trey Murphy III with the 17th overall pick (by way of a trade with Memphis) and guard Herbert Jones with the 35th overall pick. Along with his time in New Orleans, Murphy III played six games in Birmingham with the Squadron last season, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 36.3 minutes per game.

The 2022 NBA Draft is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. CT Thursday night. The Pelicans were awarded the eighth overall pick in the draft lottery, their first lottery pick since 2020. Below is a list of all-time lottery selections by the Pelicans.

Pelicans All-Time Lottery Selections

Year Pick Player Position Prior to NBA

2005 4 Chris Paul G Wake Forest

2006 12 Hilton Armstrong F/C Connecticut

2007 13 Julian Wright F Kansas

2010 11 Cole Aldrich* C Kansas

2012 1 Anthony Davis F Kentucky

2012 10 Austin Rivers G Duke

2013 6 Nerlens Noel** C Kentucky

2016 6 Buddy Hield G Oklahoma

2019 1 Zion Williamson F Duke

2020 13 Kira Lewis Jr. G Alabama

*Draft rights traded to Oklahoma City along with Morris Peterson in exchange for draft rights to Craig Brackins and Quincy Pondexter

**Draft rights traded to Philadelphia in exchange for Jrue Holiday and the rights to Pierre Jackson

Along with live coverage of the NBA Draft, the Squadron Summer Slam will feature plenty of drinks, food, live music spun by a DJ, face painting, games for kids and more!

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