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Spurs: 3 Ways Lonnie Walker must develop to reach next level

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As Lonnie Walker IV has gotten to play more minutes this past season with the San Antonio Spurs, it has become quite evident that the Spurs may have gotten a special player in him. Whenever he's on the floor, it's a good bet that he's the most athletic player out there or at the very least second or third most athletic.

His speed in transition is unmatched when he is able to get a first step on the nearest defenders, his ridiculous bounce is among the best in the NBA, and he can keep up with some of the quickest players in the league on defense when defending the ball-handler. It's becoming increasingly difficult to deny that he has the tools to become an impactful young player on both sides of the floor.

While the tools are there though, Lonnie Walker has yet to take that next step that will be needed for him to be seriously recognized throughout the league. With the likely possibility that some of the Spurs' veteran players will be leaving this offseason, it's also likely that Walker will be seeing more touches and an increased role on the team regardless of whether he's starting or coming off the bench.

Now that Walker will be seeing regular minutes with the team, and being that this will be his first full offseason as a regular rotation player in San Antonio, these next few months will be critical in terms of his development. In order to take the next step in his career, Walker will need to improve on these three skills.