San Antonio Spurs: 3 Ways Lonnie Walker can crack the starting lineup

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Jan 4, 2020; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) warms up before game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

How can the San Antonio Spurs bouncy young guard force his way in?

In his second season with the San Antonio Spurs, we started to see Lonnie Walker become a more complete player. He’s still got a long way to go but the dynamic guard is only continuing to fuel the hopes of Spurs fans with his play.

He was stuck on the bench for the first few weeks of the season. Gregg Popovich’s preference for playing veterans like Marco Belinelli was a huge point of frustration for Spurs fans for a while there. But as the season went on, Lonnie’s talent and improvement helped him force his way into the rotation.

He led San Antonio to their most exciting win of the season – a double-overtime comeback over the rival Houston Rockets – and made his first starting appearance in early January. Walker took off after the All-Star break, and, when the Spurs went small in the bubble, he was a regular starter.

With Bryn Forbes and Marco Belinelli moving on there has never been a greater opportunity for Walker to assert himself as a full-time starter. He’s going to have to continue to improve to make it a sure thing but it’s not out of the question.

Here is what Lonnie Walker needs to focus on if he wants to remain a fixture in the San Antonio Spurs starting lineup.