NBA Draft: Quick Hits on Walker, Alkins, and Vanderbilt

By Dr. Ankur Verma

Over the last few weeks, we have chronicled a few NBA Draft prospects that have injury questions.  We have tried to determine if there is anything we can glean about their NBA futures from their injuries.

With the draft now rapidly approaching, I wanted to conclude our NBA Draft Injury Series by briefly hitting on three prospects with varying levels of ability that are expected to go in the draft Thursday night: fast-rising Miami guard Lonnie Walker, energetic Arizona guard Rawle Alkins, and former five-star Kentucky recruit Jarred Vanderbilt.

To read up on the prospects we have already reviewed, click the following links:

Michael Porter Jr.

Bruce Brown

Justin Jackson

Kevin Hervey

With time winding down, let’s go through them in quick succession:

Lonnie Walker. (TonyTheTiger).

Lonnie Walker IV, Miami, SG, Age 19, 6’5”, 196 lbs.

A once heralded recruit, Walker has been a fast-riser in the draft and is now getting buzz to go as high as the top-10.

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The Bills’ $50 Million Bet on Star Lotulelei

By Dr. Ankur Verma

Star Lotulelei. (Credit: Jeffrey Beall).

There were 19 defensive tackles that signed with teams in free agency.  The player that got the lengthiest and most expensive contract was Star Lotulelei, who got five years, which was two more years than the next closest player, and $50 million, which was almost double to the next closest player, to move from the Carolina Panthers to the Buffalo Bills.  In terms of guaranteed money, he’s getting $24 million, which is $10 million more than the next closest player, Ndamukong Suh.

It’s also worth noting that last summer he had shoulder surgery and also has a history of a foot fracture.  So given that, are the Bills making a wise investment injury-wise?

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