San Antonio Spurs: Putting Lonnie Walker IV and the 2018 NBA Draft Class into Tiers

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – OCTOBER 5: Drew Eubanks #14 of the San Antonio Spurs and Lonnie Walker IV #1 of the San Antonio Spurs share a laugh before a game against the Orlando Magic (Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 2018 NBA Draft class is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory and San Antonio Spurs may have one of the brightest stars of the bunch.

Though his minutes wouldn’t indicate it, sophomore wing Lonnie Walker IV is one of the best and brightest of his class. Picked at No. 18 as the team’s highest selection in two decades, Walker was locked in by many draft experts as a lottery pick prior to a knee injury suffered early in his freshman campaign at Miami.

For the national audience, Walker has largely been forgotten about because of his limited action as a rookie. Of the 60 players selected in 2018, Walker ranks No. 41 in total minutes played behind many players selected way after him.

However, San Antonio Spurs fans know that Walker is an exemplary talent whose lack of playing time has nothing to do with his talent, but rather is an indictment on the Spurs’ depth and tradition. In San Antonio, minutes aren’t a right but are a privilege, so you need to work your way up the ladder by performing in the G League and smoothing out issues that are pointed out bythe team’s staff.

There’s a lot to be excited about in Walker’s future, but he’s up against some all-world talent in his class. The obvious go-to’s are European superstar Luka Doncic of the rival Mavericks and sharpshooting-extraordinaire Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. Both young players put up uncanny rookie seasons and have taken individual jumps from year one to two.

Still, there’s plenty of talented players to categorize from last year’s tremendous draft and Walker is one of the most exciting of the bunch. But first, we’ll look at some not-so-exciting sophomores.

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