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5 Things to Know from 2017-18: Derrick Walton Jr.

By Matt Dykstra | May 24, 2018

1. After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Derrick Walton Jr. signed an NBA Summer League contract with the Orlando Magic. He appeared in four games for the Magic (one start) and averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in just under 21 minutes per contest. On July 2, Walton Jr. scored a personal NBA Summer League-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a Magic win over the Miami HEAT.

2. Walton Jr. signed as the Miami HEAT’s inaugural two-way player on July 24, 2017 after putting together a strong NBA Summer League performance in Orlando. NBA two-way players like Walton Jr. had the opportunity to make up to $280,000 during the 2017-18 season (if all 45 allotted NBA days were used), and that cap has already increased to roughly $385,000 for two-way players next season.

3.Walton Jr. appeared in 16 regular season games this year for the Miami HEAT, averaging 1.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in just over nine minutes per contest. In a win over the Dallas Mavericks on December 22, Walton Jr. scored an NBA career-high seven points to go along with five assists and two rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

 

4. Walton Jr. started in all 27 appearances with the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season, averaging 16.2 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in over 32 minutes per contest. He also led the team with a 90.2 free throw percentage, and led the team in assists on 18 separate occasions.

5. On February 2, in a win over the Oklahoma City Blue, Walton Jr. exploded for an NBA G League career-high 41 points. He shot 14-of-18 from the field, including nine three-pointers. He added a career-high 11 rebounds, while also tallying six assists and three steals.