NBA exec says Spurs’ Lonnie Walker IV has been best player in summer league
The summer league allows rookies and young players alike to get reps and build comfort playing with one another. Additionally, certain players clearly separate themselves from the pack. San Antonio Spurs first-round pick Lonnie Walker IV may be one of those players.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, one executive feels that Walker has been the best player in summer league. This executive told Schultz:
“He’s been the best player in Vegas. He can score, he’s a great athlete. Plus, he’s strong and he’s aware. He knows what’s going on out there. I think he’s going to be a star.”
That’s high praise for the 19-year-old. Walker was the eighteenth pick in the draft, but he brings tremendous upside to San Antonio. Walker has certainly shown upside in Vegas, but he’s not the only player who is staking a claim for the best player in Vegas.
Kevin Knox of the Knicks, John Collins and Trae Young of the Hawks, Malik Monk of the Hornets, and Josh Hart of the Lakers might have something to say about that. Vegas has a number of budding stars in action, and Walker is certainly among them.
In his three games thus far, Walker is averaging 13.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, but numbers don’t tell the whole story. As great as the summer league has been, the games are still meaningless. Stats don’t carry as much weight as they do in the regular season. The important thing is that Walker is showing flashes of brilliance that give a glimpse into the kind of player he can become.