San Antonio Spurs Dud: Lonnie Walker
On another night being short-handed, the Spurs were going to need a full team effort to get out of the Staples Center with a win. Unfortunately, Lonnie Walker missed the memo.
Making just one bucket on five attempts and a pair of free throws, Walker's effort just wasn't there against the Lakers. In 18 minutes, he finished the afternoon with four points, a rebound, two steals, and two assists.
What the Spurs really want to see from Walker offensively is aggressiveness. He's out there to make plays either for himself or others. Still, his five attempts tied a season-low for attempts as he looked to defer more often than he should.
In a contract year, Lonnie is playing at pretty much the same pace he was last season. Through 13 games, he's averaging as many points per game as he was last season at 11.2 while slightly improving his rebounds (by 0.5) and assists (by 0.8).
With other eager guys like Josh Primo waiting behind him in the lineup, these kinds of inconsistent appearances will need to significantly decrease or his time in San Antonio might be coming to an end sooner than we all hoped.