Lonnie Walker
Lonnie Walker
22-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After missing much of his rookie campaign due to injury, Walker had a solid sophomore campaign. He began to pick things up in mid-December, and during his final 45 appearances (12 starts), he averaged 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.1 minutes. He saw significant run in the NBA bubble, averaging 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 27.6 minutes, showing off a little more upside. For 2020-21, Walker could make for an interesting flier in deeper leagues. To be fantasy-relevant in standard leagues, he'll likely need to consistently see 30-plus minutes, which might be tough given the current context of the roster, especially with DeMar DeRozan still in the fold. If DeRozan gets moved, there will be more of a reason to roster Walker, but that may not happen until mid-season. As it stands, Walker is mostly best suited to dynasty formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.12 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2018. Spurs exercised $2.89 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Spurs exercised $4.44 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Lonnie Walker IV was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. He attended Reading High School, where he played basketball on the varsity team each of his four years. As a freshman, he averaged 8.1 points per game. Walker upped his scoring each subsequent season, and in his senior year he averaged 18.4 points per contest. That season, he was the leading scorer for a Reading team that won its first state championship in school history. Walker received a number of accolades for his performance on the court. He was a McDonald's All-American and earned co-MVP honors at the Jordan Brand Classic. He was also named Mr. Pennsylvania Basketball. Walker has appeared in a PETA campaign with his dog, Zola, reminding people to refrain from leaving their dogs in hot, parked cars. In 2018, he donated 200 pairs of shoes to his hometown youth league. Learn more about Walker by following him on Twitter (@lonniewalker_4) and on Instagram (@buddah).

College/International Summary

Walker was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team and the All-ACC Honorable Mention List for the 2017-18 season. He ranked sixth among ACC freshmen in scoring and led the University of Miami in that category (11.5 points per game) as well. Additionally, Walker led the Hurricanes in total points (368) and field-goal attempts (318). He also was second on the team in field goals (132), three-pointers (56) and three-point attempts (162). The Reading, Pennsylvania native helped Miami qualify for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Walker announced he would enter the 2018 NBA Draft after his freshman season at the University of Miami. He was chosen in the first round (18th overall) of the draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Scores team-high 23 points
GSan Antonio Spurs
May 3, 2021
Walker mustered 23 points (9-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists and a block across 31 minutes in Sunday's overtime loss against the Sixers.
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Walker carried the Spurs offensively for a second straight overtime loss, as he had already poured 24 points against the Celtics last Friday. His fantasy value relies heavily on his scoring figures but he's been successful of late, scoring at least 18 points in four of his last six appearances (one start).
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Walker enjoyed an expanded role for the Spurs in his sophomore season. He appeared in 61 games -- including his first 12 NBA starts -- during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign, averaging 6.4 points with 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 steals across 16.2 minutes per game. That included a sharp 40.6 percent success rate from three-point range. Walker produced 10.0 points along with 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game when he received starting opportunities, reliably providing a spark when given extra playing time. On Dec. 3, Walker received his highest minute total of the year (34:53) and responded with 28 points, four rebounds, three steals and a block to help beat the Rockets. All in all, he posted double-digit scoring totals on 15 occasions. Five of those came during seeding play in the Orlando bubble, during which Walker started all eight games, averaging 11.3 points along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. During that stretch, he collected a season-high six assists Aug. 9 against the Pelicans and a season-high-tying seven rebounds Aug. 11 against Houston.

2018

Walker played in 17 games for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2018-2019 campaign. Prior to the season, he was selected 18th overall in the NBA Draft. He came off the bench and made his NBA debut against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 3 and scored three points. On April 3, Walker scored a career-high 16 points against the Denver Nuggets. Overall, the University of Miami product averaged 2.6 points per contest in the regular season. He came off the bench in six postseason games. In the playoffs, he scored a total of six points and dished out three assists. During the season, Walker also split time with the Austin Spurs of the G League. He played in 29 games, starting 28. During his G-League run, he averaged 16.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 11, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Walker's rookie season certainly did not go as planned, as the former University of Miami standout tore his meniscus in the preseason, which put his NBA development on hold for a couple of months. Walker spent a large portion of the season playing for the Austin Spurs in the G League and only appeared in 17 NBA games. Encouragingly, Walker was impressive in his 29 G League appearances, averaging 16.6 points per game while shooting 35.8 percent from behind the arc. While Walker showed off his capabilities as a scorer, his all-around game is still a work in progress, and it's unclear how many minutes will be available for him. With Derrick White and Bryn Forbes both coming off solid 2018-19 campaigns, Dejounte Murray returning from a torn ACL and the Spurs signing DeMarre Carroll this offseason, the team has quality depth in the backcourt and on the wing, leaving Walker potentially on the outside looking in to start next season.
Walker took to the hardwood for just one collegiate season with Miami (FL). In 32 games (18 starts), he posted averages of 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals across 27.8 minutes. He also added shooting percentages of 41.5 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from deep. Those numbers didn't necessarily scream first-round draft pick, but Walker's upside still resulted in him being selected by the Spurs 18th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. His measurables are excellent for his position. Walker stands 6-foot-5 and has a 6-foot-10 wingspan, which should give him a chance to exceed defensively against opposing shooting guards and even small forwards. He's also got a 40-inch vertical and a solid looking shot, which means he could turn into a 3-and-D type of wing eventually. At this point, the 19-year-old is likely just a developmental project for coach Gregg Popovich and he'll be stuck behind newly added DeMar DeRozan on the wing. He'll likely be brought along slowly and isn't going to be drafted in many standard leagues. That said, Walker will definitely be a potential target in dynasty and keeper leagues, as he's joining an excellent organization that knows how to develop talent and clearly has the tools to become a contributor in the NBA.
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Drops 24 in OT loss
GSan Antonio Spurs
May 1, 2021
Walker had 24 points (9-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in Friday's overtime loss to Boston.
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Scores 18 points
GSan Antonio Spurs
April 28, 2021
Walker scored 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with three rebounds and one assist in a 116-111 loss to Miami on Wednesday.
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Available Monday
GSan Antonio Spurs
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April 26, 2021
Walker (head) is available for Monday's game against the Wizards, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Should play Monday
GSan Antonio Spurs
Head
April 26, 2021
Walker (head) is expected to play Monday against the Wizards, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
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Dealing with headache
GSan Antonio Spurs
Head
April 26, 2021
Walker is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Wizards due to a headache, Noah Magaro-George of Pounding the Rock reports.
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