Walker: The Forgotten Star

Joseph Bosa@@BOldigesCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

CHICAGO - MARCH 17: Bill Walker #12 of the Boston Celtics looks to pass under pressure from Tim Thomas #2 of the Chicago Bulls on March 17, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 127-121. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bill Walker has always been the star since his high school days and all the way back to his short college stint at Kansas State.

Seen as a National recruit back in his freshman year, Walker garnered national attention from every major college. He was the star basketball player of his high school team and a very close friend of other local star guard O.J. Mayo.

While attending Kansas State university, Walker seemed to be a lock for a star player. He would have the media's attention, but without the distraction of Mayo.

Stardom was all his.

That was until Kansas State signed the No. 1 overall recruit in Michael Beasley. It looked as if Walker would have to share the spotlight again. 

At K-State Walker was shadowed by Beasley, but was still able to put up solid numbers himself, averaging nearly 17 ppg. In all the shadows of better players, Walker made a name for himself as an extremely athletic, gifted two-guard/small forward.

Still being shadowed by Beasley, walker decided to enter the NBA draft after only one year of college play. 

Seen as a mid-late lottery pick, Walker's stock was flying high, that was until Jun. 15, 2008, when Walker injured his knee (for a third time) during a workout with the Golden State Warriors.

Even though he injured his knee, he still remained in the draft. 

Slipping all the way to the bottom of the second round, Walker was finally drafted by the Washington Wizards and was traded to the defending champion, the Boston Celtics. Playing for the Celtics, Walker still needed to recuperate from the injury. 

During his time with the Celtics he was sent down to the D-League affiliated Utah Flash. Here, he showed what made him a projected lottery pick and tore it up, averaging 18 ppg and nearly 10 rebounds.

His playing gained the attention of Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers. He was recalled to the Celtics and placed on the active roster. Here, he showed flashes of brilliant potential.

Though not playing all that much, Walker garnered the attention and respect of his fellow teammates.

Though Walker's stats aren't anything incredible, they "are" when you consider the amount of time he played. Following the Game Seven loss to the Orlando Magic, talk of Walker's increased role began to increase.

It was said if Ray Allen is moved, then Walker could be the one to take his starting role, or if Allen stays he could be a primary backup.

I expect great things from Walker, and I expect him to show it soon.

No matter what happens, we all know that Walker will be ready.

He's already been through way too much.


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