Lonnie Walker IV set to make regular season debut vs. Nuggets
The San Antonio Spurs are currently half a game outside the Playoffs picture in the Western Conference. The team could surely use all the help they can get, and it appears that a much needed boost will come in the form of rookie Lonnie Walker IV.
According to Spurs insider Paul Garcia, Walker has been declared fit enough to make his season debut on Wednesday night against the surging Denver Nuggets.
Lonnie Waker IV will be active for the Spurs for the first time this season Wednesday against the Nuggets.
Chimezie Metu is also available
Gasol and Murray remain OUT.
— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) December 25, 2018
The Spurs used their 18th overall pick on Walker last June, and the 6-foot-5 guard is expected to help fill the huge void that was left by starting point guard Dejounte Murray’s season-ending injury.
Walker spent his single year in college playing for the University of Miami, where he averaged 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.
Weeks before the start of this season, Walker had to undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear on his right knee. His road to recovery took over two months, and after a brief stint in the G League, the 20-year-old has been called up to potentially make his NBA debut on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, the Spurs will definitely look to take it slow on Walker, and ease him into the rotation. This being the case, Walker will likely be on a minutes limit for the foreseeable future.
After a brutal stretch a couple of weeks ago, the Spurs have been on a tear for the month of December. The team have won eight of their twelve December contests thus far, and are now above .500 with an 18-16 record.