When the Los Angeles Lakers used their taxpayer mid-level exception to sign Lonnie Walker IV over the summer, it was a head-scratching move for many fans and observers.
His potential was clear, but in four NBA seasons, all with the San Antonio Spurs, he had been maddeningly inconsistent on both ends of the floor and had never shot at least 43 percent from the field for an entire year.
But so far this season, the 6-foot-4 guard has been a revelation for head coach Darvin Ham, and this development has been a huge boon for a team that had little depth or trade capital last season.
Walker is being more productive than ever
Walker is averaging 17.1 points per game this year, which is significantly higher than his career-high of 12.1 a game last season. But even better, he is shooting 47.9 percent overall and 37.2 percent from 3-point range.
He is still a somewhat streaky outside shooter, but it has seemed that more often than not, he has enjoyed being on the positive end of that spectrum.
He has now scored in double-figures in seven straight games and 13 of his 16 games this season overall.
Walker is getting the job done with variety – by hitting from the outside, slashing to the hoop, pulling up for mid-range jumpers and attacking in transition.
At this point, he has become the Lakers’ third-best scoring threat after LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Ham praises Walker’s growth
Walker said recently that he is grateful to play for a coach such as Ham who gives him freedom and lets him play through his mistakes and fail forward. Such freedom is very important for a young, developing player such as him.
Ham has returned the favor by not only acknowledging how much Walker has grown as a player but also how coachable and hungry for growth he is.
Via Lakers Nation:
“He’s a genuine guy, man,” Ham says. “He’s a genuine guy that’s been through a lot in his life. Just genuine. It’s a pleasure to be around him, just a quiet, lowkey-spirited guy. Always positive energy.
“I enjoy coaching the kid, I enjoy having conversations with him, I enjoy just being around him, coming to the gym and seeing him there every day. He’s…
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Publish date : 2022-11-27 17:00:29
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