He’s one of the most exciting young players on the team but will there be a chance for Lonnie Walker to take over a starting role with the San Antonio Spurs next season?
As fans, we can sometimes fall into believing so much in the promise of a young player that we overlook their flaws. We want to believe in upside and potential so much that we gloss over the obvious flaws and areas for improvement because it doesn’t fit what we want at that moment. Throughout the 2019-20 season, it felt like that’s where a lot of San Antonio Spurs fans were with Lonnie Walker.
It wasn’t just fans who were calling for more minutes for Walker, we wanted Lonnie in the starting lineup as bad as the rest. But, as he often is, Gregg Popovich was probably right to hold Lonnie back. We can be frustrated in the play of Bryn Forbes and Marco Belinelli and also admit that throwing Walker into the staring lineup prematurely wouldn’t have been the best thing for his development or the team’s success at the time.
Lonnie’s potential is as high as anyone’s on the team, if not higher. He”s on his way to becoming a scoring three-level scoring threat, is by far the most athletically gifted guy on the roster right now, and has the potential to become a seriously disruptive defensive presence. At the same time he needs to work on making better, quicker decisions, cut down on his turnovers, and be consistently engaged on the defensive end of the floor.
Putting in the necessary work will eventually earn Walker the opportunity to step into the starting lineup and show us what he can do with a serious role. With DeMar DeRozan’s future with the Spurs up in the air that opportunity could be coming soon. So we have to ask, what are the chances that Walker steps into a starting role for the San Antonio Spurs next season?