San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV plays with confidence and swagger, which is always nice in a plug-and-play player who is equally comfortable playing in the starting rotation as he is off the bench. He is sometimes a streaky and inconsistent player, but nothing seems to bother him and he can shake off a bad game.
At only 22 years old, he is developing into the bench leader, floor general, spacer, and slasher that every NBA team would want to give starters some respite. There is no doubt he could be a productive starter, but I see him more as a long-term second unit mastermind.
The Spurs have an illustrious history with bench leaders. Perhaps the greatest sixth man ever in Manu Ginobili spent his entire career in the Silver and Black. Lonnie Walker has already drawn comparisons to him for good reason. If Walker stays on the bench, he is poised to become of of the better sixth men in the league.
That being said, he isn’t quite there yet. This past season was essentially his first year receiving consistent minutes on a daily basis. Part of Walker winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award will require some individual action on his part, while some will require action from the whole team.
The following goals will have have to be met in order for him to win the award.