Wayne Selden makes NBA debut with Pelicans, receives starting spot
About a week after signing a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, former Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. certainly has earned some opportunities to play at the sport’s highest level.
Selden made his NBA debut Tuesday — receiving a spot in the start lineup alongside the likes of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
In his debut, he missed a 3-pointer and made two of four free throws in 15 minutes. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Selden added three rebounds, an assist, a turnover and four fouls.
The next night, Wednesday, Selden — in another start — drained one of two 3-pointers while grabbing a steal and rebound in 13 minutes.
Undrafted last summer, Selden scored 18.5 points in 35 games in the NBA’s D-League. A former second-team all-Big 12 selection, Selden was shooting 34.9 percent from 3-point range with the D-League’s Iowa Energy, adding 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
When Selden’s 10-day contract expires this weekend, the Pelicans could sign Selden to another 10-day contract or opt not to renew, which would likely send Selden back to the D-League.