Current Nets and former Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV has made his way to both coastlines since departing from San Antonio in 2022. Playing some vital minutes as a boost of energy off the bench for both the Lakers and Nets, Walker is still displaying his ability to score at will in his first season with Brooklyn.
The former Miami Hurricane is averaging 11.8 points, coming off the bench as the sixth-man for the Nets in just eighteen minutes of playing time. Lonnie is also averaging a career-high three-point percentage of 44.2% on 4.9 attempts. Walker continues to score efficiently, with everyone remaining aware of his explosive athleticism.
Following a blowout 144-117 win for Brooklyn over the Utah Jazz, Lonnie was asked if he had possibly thought about being a candidate for the NBA's Sixth-Man of the Year award after scoring 19 points in 27 minutes and cashing in on four three-pointers. Walker went on to say that he hadn't thought about it, but if it came into the picture, he would 'love to.'
Lonnie then stated he had 'bigger and better things' to focus on. Walker is currently on a minimum contract and 'carries that weight on his shoulders as far as finding a home, playing the right way, and continuing to get better.' Walker then let fans know what his true focus is.
Let's not forget that Lonnie's time in San Antonio, while struggling with consistency, was filled with many flashes of being an elite scorer and an electric spark off the bench to keep the game controlled while the starters caught their breath.
Now, Walker has a solidified role as a sixth man, and the Spurs are in desperate need of an explosive shot-creating scorer with the ability to get a bucket as needed. The Nets guard, who just turned 25 in December, should have a broad market at the trade deadline and off-season, as he will be an unrestricted free agent.
During his time with the Spurs, Lonnie averaged 8.1 points per outing and has since found the stride of consistency that he needed during his tenure. If Walker continues his stellar play in limited minutes, this is someone Brian Wright and the Spurs could look at, potentially setting up a reunion.