2018 NBA Mock Draft: Collin Sexton could break open the New York Knicks’ ceiling

BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 22: Collin Sexton /
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MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 07: Lonnie Walker IV
MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 07: Lonnie Walker IV /

I went back and watched Miami’s disappointing loss to Duke last Monday, and Walker’s progress on offense was clear.

Coach Jim Larranaga involves Walker in a variety of interesting ways. When the freshman is not running a simple pick-and-roll or digging into the paint in transition, he is running through screens and catching the ball in rhythm. Larranaga clealry understands that his offense is best when Walker touches the ball every time down the floor, and it has helped both Walker and the Hurricanes that he can do so.

Against Duke, Walker unleashed the terror of his pull-up 3. Reporter Allison Williams during the ESPN broadcast said that Walker has the green light for those quick shots if they come off turnovers or long misses, when the transition situation is advantageous for the score-first freshman. His quick release lead to a handful of points that helped Miami build a double-digit lead in the second half.

As Walker simplifies his shooting profile, increasing shots at the rim and from distance and limiting everything else, he will become more efficient and more valuable. A move to a team like Portland, with tons of experience developing scoring guards, should help him make progress quickly in those areas.