Coach Mike Dunlap‘s intent coming into the season was to use Walker in as many big game moments as possible.
“He has a huge heart, he knows how to close games, and he is special that way,” Dunlap said. “He’s a one man wrecking crew. He can bring the ball off the dribble much like (Steve) Nash can into spots with the dribble and once he gets in there we’re still working on how to play in a crowd. His improvement has been remarkable.”
Walker said that Dunlap has also been giving him plenty of freedom just to play the game and is also giving him a chance to make plays.
But Walker isn’t perfect, as was demonstrated in the team’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday by a 122-105 score. He was only 5-of-20 from the floor. He did have 11 assists, but those 15 misses are way too many. Obviously, the team’s struggles sometime wear off on the individual player.
His shooting percent of 42 has to improve. If it does, he will be as dangerous as he’s already become and could help his team win more ballgames. His 3-point shooting is too low at 35.2 percent to make him a serious threat there.
Walker is averaging 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game, so he has all the tools to be dangerous on offense. In his second year with the NBA, he obviously has to be more consistent.