Chris Walker: 20-years old, Florida, Power Forward/Small Forward
Draft Express Measurements: 6″9.5, 208-pounds, 7″2.75 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.3 steals, 54% field goals, 39% free-throws, 0-3 threes, 14.6 minutes
Quick Season Review: Chris Walker was the number 12 prospect in the 2013 ESPN 100 class, the problem is that he didn’t live up to his potential. Walker also had a knee injury and fought NCAA eligibility issues in his two seasons. The sophomore forward’s disappointing campaign factored in the Gators disappointing season. The Gators went 16-17 and missed the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2009. Walker showed flashes in a three game stretch between December 5-12 last year. He averaged 12.3 points and 2.3 blocks.
Strengths: Walker is a terrific athlete (37-inch vertical) with incredible length. Terrific size. Can defend multiple forward spots. Excellent shot-blocker. Good rebounder. Can finish above the rim. Finishes inside, despite lacking physicality.
Weaknesses: Needs to add muscle to frame. Poor free-throw shooter. Bad shooter. Must improve post game. Lacks offensive skills. Not a good handle. Very raw. Questions with his motor.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
Chris Walker is a terrific athlete that has the ability to block shots and rebound. He has the tools to be a terrific defender as well. Despite being raw, he is a good gamble this late in the draft.
NBA Comparison: James Johnson
Chris Walker has a similar game to James Johnson. Both are terrific athletes but extremely raw. Like Johnson, Walker is a good shot-blocker and both can defend multiple positions.
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