Lonnie Walker IV ready to take on the Lakers challenge

Lonnie Walker IV ready to take on the Lakers challenge

The time had come to turn the page and open a new chapter for Lonnie Walker IV. After four seasons spent in San Antonio for a fairly linear progression, the back made the choice to join the Lakers during free agency, to take over from Malik Monk, who left for the Kings.

Even if he was tempted to leave in an environment he knows by heart, he did not see himself in a reconstruction project, especially following the departure of Dejounte Murray.

“All I know is the organization of Spurs, and at the start of the off-season I obviously thought about returning to the environment in which I was comfortable. It was something I had in mind at the start.he confided. “But with Dejounte leaving and them trying to start from scratch, it felt like I wasn’t part of that orientation. It’s very good and I’m ready to keep improving”.

A formative experience at Spurs

Despite only signing a one-year contract, Lonnie Walker IV has a tremendous opportunity ahead of him in a historic franchise, the most successful in league history, tied with the Celtics. (17 titles each).

He feels ready, as if his years at Spurs have prepared him for this challenge.

“First of all, with coach Pop, it was always about professionalism. Practice and don’t make the game too complex, not too complicated. With the Spurs, we lived by three principles: half a second to take a shot, go to the drive or make a pass. You have to be as efficient as possible. Moving to the Lakers, I think I can continue to follow those same principles. You have to be ready to shoot, to pass or to go to the lay-up. »

The goal for him will now be to integrate into the Lakers squad first, then continue to progress afterwards. His 3-point address should be one of his areas of progress this summer, he who remains on his worst season in this area (31.4% of address against 34.3% in career.

lonnie walker Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2018-19 SAN 17 7 34.8 38.5 80.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.2 2.7
2019-20 SAN 61 16 42.6 40.6 72.1 0.4 1.9 2.3 1.1 1.3 0.5 0.7 0.2 6.4
2020-21 SAN 60 25 42.0 35.5 81.4 0.2 2.4 2.6 1.7 1.7 0.5 1.1 0.3 11.2
2021-22 SAN 70 23 40.7 31.4 78.4 0.3 2.3 2.6 2.2 1.4 0.6 1.0 0.3 12.1
Total 208 20 41.4 34.3 77.9 0.3 2.1 2.4 1.6 1.4 0.5 0.9 0.3 9.4

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