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San Antonio Spurs: The first look at Lonnie Walker IV in Silver and Black

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CORAL GABLES, FL - JANUARY 15: Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV (4) plays during a college basketball game between the Duke University Blue Devils and the University of Miami Hurricanes on January 15, 2018 at the Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida. Duke defeated Miami 83-75. (Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CORAL GABLES, FL - JANUARY 15: Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV (4) plays during a college basketball game between the Duke University Blue Devils and the University of Miami Hurricanes on January 15, 2018 at the Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida. Duke defeated Miami 83-75. (Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs fans will enjoy their first look at Lonnie Walker IV in his Silver and Black jersey.

The San Antonio Spurs made Lonnie Walker IV the No. 18 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, their highest selection since 1997, if the trade up to No. 15 in 2011 does not factor in. Walker spent one year at Miami before entering the draft.

Spurs fans received a first look at Walker in the Summer League, but on Sunday, a first look at him in the real Silver and Black jersey was revealed in a photo shoot. He donned the No. 1 jersey, unlike No. 4 which belongs to the 2017 first-round pick, Derrick White.

The rookie looks good in Silver and Black. ?@lonniewalker_4 rocking new threads at today’s #NBARooks Photo Shoot! pic.twitter.com/7I1zEtkgUQ

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 12, 2018

These are photos that should satisfy San Antonio fans, as they await Walker’s NBA debut when the season starts in mid-October. There, he can find a way into the rotation as a rookie, unlike White and Dejounte Murray, both of whom spent a significant chunk of their rookie seasons in the G League. If there’s not enough room on the roster or no clear-cut path to playing time, that’s where the former Hurricane may find himself this fall.

There’s still an outside chance at regular playing time, somewhere, without Danny Green and Tony Parker around. Walker can outplay White, Bryn Forbes and other guards on the bench and force his way into on-court appearances. Though, the Spurs are patient

It’s a long way off, though, as training camp and the preseason still remain before the Spurs must decide on Walker’s role. They can even go back and forth, calling him up and sending him down, like what happened with White, when needed.

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What are your expectations for White in the Silver and Black? Can he become the next great Spurs rookie?

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