The San Antonio Spurs selected the Reading, Pennsylvania native 18th overall, putting Walker in position to play for one of the NBA’s most highly-regarded franchises and for one of the league’s all-time great coaches in Gregg Popovich.
The newly released MC joined the raucous sell-out crowd that watched the 76ers’ two young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons lead Philadelphia to a 104-91 series-clinching win over the Miami Heat.
Joel Embiid’s playoff debut was a smashing success for Philadelphia, the All-Star center returned from a 10-game absence by scoring 23 points, including a personal 7-0 run down the stretch that iced the game, leading the Sixers to a 128-108 win over the host Miami Heat Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series 1-1.
Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers when Miami took the lead for good in the second period, and the Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks 115-86 Wednesday night, capping a sweep of back-to-back games between Southeast Division rivals.
Goran Dragic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Richardson blocked a potential go-ahead shot in the final moments, and the Heat closed the game on an 11-0 run to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 101-98 and clinch a playoff berth on Tuesday night.
Miami held Chicago to 37 percent shooting on the way to beating the Bulls 103-92 on Thursday night, pushing its home winning streak to a season-best eight games and cutting the magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one.
Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 19 points and Dwyane Wade blocked a pair of LeBron James shots as part of a stifling defensive effort by Miami, and the Heat had little trouble on the way to beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-79 Tuesday night.
Kelly Olynyk finished with 22 points and a career-high 10 assists and the Heat rolled past the New York Knicks 119-98 on Wednesday night.
Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox made a game-tying layup at the end of regulation — the second time in two weeks for the rookie point guard — and veteran Zach Randolph scored the first three points of the extra period and finished with 22, and the Kings rallied to beat the visiting Miami Heat 123-119 on Wednesday night.