San Antonio Spurs Guard Lonnie Walker Showing Star Potential
By Brandon Bracy
San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker is working his way into being a star in the NBA after a few breakout performances in Summer League and learning from his experiences as a rookie.
San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker had a difficult rookie season due to injuries as the former Miami Hurricane was only able to play In 17 games at the NBA level.
Walker averaged just 2.6 points in only 7 minutes per game for the Spurs as a rookie. Despite the amount of games Walker has missed and the limited amount of playing time, there is a lot to be excited about regarding the Spurs’ explosive, young guard.
Walker’s athletic ability will win over not just Spurs fans, but also fans across the league. During the era of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs were known as the “boring” team to watch despite their success on the court.
With the emergence of Lonnie Walker, there will always be an opportunity for him to make a highlight play due to his next-level jumping ability.
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Besides the crazy dunks and finishes that Walker is capable of performing, ee is also turning into a well-rounded basketball player.
His play during the Summer League was so good that the Spurs decided to shut him down for the final few games of their Vegas schedule.
His 32-point performance against the Toronto Raptors was very impressive as he was able to score efficiently, knock down a series of mid-range jump shots, and get out and score in the open court.
Along with his 32 points, Walker grabbed 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Last summer, Derrick White had an impressive Summer League showing that led to him having a breakout year for the Spurs in his second season.
This same trend could continue for Lonnie Walker, but the main difference between them is Walker’s age. The second year shooting guard is still only 20 years old and far from reaching his full potential.
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After the retirement of Manu Ginobili, the departure of Tony Parker, and the Kawhi Leonard trade, the Spurs’ future seemed uncertain last summer.
Today, there is excitement for the future of the Spurs’ organization as the trio of Lonnie Walker, Dejounte Murray, and Derrick White look to lead San Antonio back to their championship glory days.
The development of these three will determine how fast the Spurs will return to being a legit title contender in the NBA.