Better to meet expectations immediately when you are recruited by the Lakers, and one of the latest defectors is well aware of this. The player in question also split a very big announcement recently, saying that he will be a real danger from the fall.
The Lakers have been very active in the free agent market since it opened, and it’s even a necessity. The workforce in place last year simply did not work, and the new adjustments should allow coach Darvin Ham to be able to build on solid foundations. LeBron James being always the big boss of the squad, it is necessary in particular to find the good players to shine at his side, including among those of complement.
However, we know that the King loves to play surrounded by snipers, drawing the defense on him before redacting them. That’s good, Lonnie Walker IV intends to fulfill this role in 2022-23. Just arrived from Spurs, the playmaker wanted to make an impression immediately. During an interview with the LA Timesthe one nicknamed Skywalker has already promised a festival of award-winning shots in the coming months:
Lonnie Walker overconfident after arriving in LA
I mean, last year you can look at the percentages, but I’m not kidding: Leave me open, we’ll see what happens. I’m ready to show everyone what I am.
Clearly, the former Texans member isn’t lacking in confidence and that’s good for the months to come. Indeed, when we talk about external address, it is not him who is a reference in the league…
Author of 12 points on average in 2021-22, the guard however demonstrated a hell of a clumsiness in shooting: 40% overall success, including only 31.7% at three points. It is very weak for a player in his position, and on paper, it is therefore not really a reinforcement for the Purples and Ors who would however need it in this sector. However, LWIV is confident that he will be transformed next year, explaining that he had worked his shot a lot:
I stayed in the gym, it’s as simple as that. Everyone has their – not everyone – but you have your ups and downs. What matters is how we get over it. After games, when I had bad games, I was in the gym afterwards. I went directly to my installation to shoot. Before training, after training, I stayed with that. I knew that sooner or later the situation was going to change and it did.
It is true that the person concerned was able to set the sights more after the All-Star Break, turning at 36.7% from afar until the end of the regular season. It’s not yet a sniper, but the progress is there and we can only hope that it will be able to continue its upward trajectory in the field. As mentioned above, LA would need it, having finished the season with a three-point percentage of 34.7%, which is 22nd place in the league.
Lonnie Walker IV announces the color, he will be a real marksman in 2022-23. Given the difficulties of the Lakers behind the arc, we are convinced that they would not say no to such a transformation. This would allow him to be served profusely by LeBron James.