Four notes following the NBA Draft
JUN 26, 7:22p ET | RealGM - NBA
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News: Walker fell slightly short of expectations in his fourth NBA season, averaging 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in his fourth, all of which are the lowest totals since his rookie year. He also played in a career-low 62 regular season games after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Impact: For Walker, he had a very up-and-down, and somewhat disappointing, fourth season, especially given that many saw this as an opportunity for him to have a breakout year. Despite running as the team's starting point guard for majority of the season, he was only able to record double-digit assists four times in the regular season, showing that he plays like a scoring point guard more than anything. But, even so, Walker still needs to work on his efficiency on the offensive end. Walker shot just just 38.5 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from behind the arc, and Charlotte's General Manager Rich Cho has spoken out on his shooting, saying that Walker needs to improve his mid-range game as well as his three-point shooting. For Walker, the 2015-16 season will be the first year of his new four-year, $48 million contract, and in order for him to play up to his worth, he will need to expand his offensive efficiency from behind the arc, as expanding his game would likely open lanes for him and give him an easier time scoring at the rim. This will be important for Walker, as he will likely once again be the focal point of this Hornet team, especially if they lose Al Jefferson, who has a 2015-16 player option, to free agency, although he is not expected to opt out of his contact. Regardless, Walker will be looked at to score and create for others next season, as he and Charlotte will look to make a return to the playoffs.