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Antoine Walker flubs at D-League Showcase

Jan 13, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

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Antoine Walker schadenfreude is the internet’s unofficial pastime, which is reason enough to inform you that despite Walker’s relatively strong start with the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, he looked fairly incompetent during the two biggest games of his D-League career.

Concluding today is the D-League Showcase, which is, Essentially, a matter of convenience; rather than assuming that NBA teams are scouting the D-League full-time, they gather as many team officials, NBA scouts, and European scouts as possible in one gym (along with an NBA TV-viewing audience) and trot out teams from the D two at a time to strut their stuff. Now that NBA teams are able to sign players to 10-day contracts, the Showcase is a great tool to assist D-Leaguers in their call-up pursuits.

This year’s Showcase didn’t much help Walker, though, who is looking to resume his NBA career by playing through its minor league partner. Yet in Walker’s two games at the Showcase with the Idaho Stampede, he shot 4-of-26 from the field (15.4%), 2-of-10 from three-point range, and committed 12 turnovers. The D-League is stronger than ever, but those kinds of marks are hugely disappointing.

Plenty of  NBA teams have dipped into the D-League for spot contributors, injury replacements, or hopeful additions, but Walker is in a different boat. He faces an uphill struggle for a call-up as it is; Walker has an established reputation in the NBA for being an out-of-shape ball-stopper with limited defensive ability, and this week he couldn’t even get the ball through the net. What is Walker going to offer an NBA team if not scoring? He’s not exactly a hustle player, nor the kind of veteran sage teams love to have in their locker rooms. Walker needs to make the most of all of his chances if he wants to really catch the attention of big league teams, and clanking away an opportunity like this one should serve as a setback.

  1. thestudiokida - Jan 13, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    A guy who was overrated throughout his career and gambled away his savings wants to make a comeback after several years away? Yeah right.

    The guy has the build of a power forward but shoots 41% for his career. He shoots the 3-point shot poorly but attempts 5 a game. There is no defense for Antoine Walker. He’ll never make a roster.

  2. thestudiokida - Jan 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    For 3 seasons he averaged almost EIGHT 3-point attempts per game. That’s insane!! I heard that he was quoted as saying he shot so many 3-pointers because there wasn’t a 4-point line.

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