Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

23-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
With Derrick White out for the start last year, Walker was thrust into a starting role with the Spurs to begin the season. After seeing just 16.2 minutes per game in the previous year, the high-flying guard saw his workload jump up to 25.4 minutes last season. Walker played decent in his new role, posting figures of 11.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last year. This was the most aggressive version of Walker we'd seen yet, as his 10.2 field goal attempts per game were nearly double his average from the previous season. However, in games where Derrick White was back starting, Walker saw his role drop down to 20.5 minutes per game. Entering this season, the Spurs are shaping up to be a much different team due to the departure of DeMar DeRozan. Dejounte Murray and Derrick White are looking healthy and ready to be the starters in the backcourt, which leaves Walker fighting for minutes as a reserve. The Miami product is a part of a fairly deep backcourt with the emerging second-year-pro Devin Vassell as well as the return of Bryn Forbes to San Antonio. For now, it seems like Walker has the backup shooting guard spot on lock, but with a healthy team entering this season, it will be interesting to see how the 22-year-old's minutes will be affected. Walker has proved to be a capable scorer when given the minutes, as his scoring average jumped to 17.9 points per game when he saw 30-39 minutes last year. However, the question is if that type of playing time will be available to him this year. Walker has improved each season he has been in the league, and it won't be surprising to see him continue that trend, but with a more crowded and healthy backcourt, it is tough to imagine a true breakout fantasy season as he enters his fourth season. 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/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Not starting Friday
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 14, 2022
Walker isn't starting Friday's game against the Cavaliers, Tim Bielik of Cleveland.com reports.
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Walker had started each of the last three games, and he averaged 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.3 minutes per contest during that time. However, Devin Vassell will draw the start Friday.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Delivers empty 15 points in loss
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 10, 2022
Walker totaled 15 points (5-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal over 27 minutes during Monday's 111-96 loss to the Knicks.
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Scores 25 in start
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 9, 2022
Walker closed Sunday's 121-119 overtime loss to Brooklyn with 25 points (9-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT), three rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal across 33 minutes.
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Rejoins starting five
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 9, 2022
Walker will start Sunday's game against the Nets.
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Scores 13 points in return
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 8, 2022
Walker racked up 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes during Friday's 119-100 loss to the 76ers.
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Available Friday
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 7, 2022
Walker (conditioning) is available for Friday's matchup against the 76ers.
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