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Should the Spurs shut down Lonnie Walker at the Summer League?

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San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV (18) drives as Memphis Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter (3) trails during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The NBA Summer League is in full swing in Las Vegas and many players have been showing up and exhibiting their talent.

One of those players for the Summer Spurs would be San Antonio Spurs second-year player Lonnie Walker IV.

Walker has been out-playing the competition so far in two games in Las Vegas, averaging 30 points per game (second top scorer in Summer League) off of 58-percent shooting, along with averaging four rebounds, one assist, one and a half steals, and one block.

Not only is Walker catching the attention of fans, but some NBA veterans, such as former Thunder, Kendrick Perkins, suggest the Spurs should shut down Walker for the remainder of the Summer League.

Perkins’s call to bench Walker for the rest of the Summer League to prevent an injury is a take echoed by the Spurs fanbase.

Walker has already proven he’s a step above the talent in Summer League currently and has made his next step towards earning minutes in Gregg Popovich’s system. The appropriate reaction would preserve Walker for the regular season as well as training camp and the pre-season.

While it may take away from the spectacle of the Summer League for Spurs fans, it does allow other young talents to earn additional minutes and touches to further their development into the Spurs' system.

On the other hand, more experience wouldn’t hurt for Walker, but knowing the Spurs' system, they will most likely be cautious in order to ensure Walker doesn’t injure himself in what is only exhibition play.

The Spurs will be back in action on tonight as they play the Phoenix Suns at 9 pm central on NBA TV.

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