DETROIT: 29. Bill Walker
Kansas State, 6-6, 220
Either the Pistons upgrade their frontline, or they take a low-risk flier on a potential high-flyer in the gifted Walker.
27. PORTLAND (via New Orleans)
Bill Walker, SF, Kansas State: One of those players that maybe doesn't impress as much in an individual workout, but is simply a player.
29. Detroit Pistons
Bill Walker, Kansas State, 6-6/220
General manager Joe Dumars is in the mood to shake things up. A player taken here won't shake up much of anything, but it will give the Pistons another young, talented player for the bench.
--Dallas Morning News
29. DETROIT Bill Walker, F, Kansas St. Joe Dumars loves athleticism.
30. BOSTON CELTICS
--Seattle Post Intelligencer
29. Detroit: Bill Walker, SG, Kansas State - General manager Joe Dumars loves tough, versatile players with potential.
--Wisconsin State Journal
According to the TENDEX formula based on 10 statistical categories, Bill Walker was the fifteenth best player in the 2008 NBA Draft.
THE DRAFT BY TENDEX
TENDEX was developed by former South Florida Sun-Sentinel Sports Writer Dave Heeren. The formula includes points, shooting percentages, rebounds, assists, steals, turnovers, blocked shots, minutes played, team game pace and strength of schedule. Unrated international players are inserted on the basis of mock-draft consensus:
Player Ht. Cl. Pos. College/Country Rating pct.
1. Michael Beasley 6-9 Fr. PF Kansas State +143.3
2. Kevin Love 6-9 Fr. C UCLA +103.0
3. O.J. Mayo 6-5 Fr. SG USC +67.4
4. Derrick Rose 6-3 Fr. PG Memphis +65.7
5. Marreese Speights 6-10 So. C Florida +63.6
6. Brook Lopez 7-0 So. PF/C Stanford +62.2
7. Danilo Gallinari 6-9 - SF Italy NR
8. J.J. Hickson 6-9 Fr. PF N.C. State +59.6
9. Richard Hendrix 6-8 Jr. PF Alabama +58.7
10. Chris Douglas-Roberts 6-7 Jr. SG/SF Memphis +58.1
11. Ryan Anderson 6-10 So. F California +57.8
12. Courtney Lee 6-5 Sr. SG Western Kentucky +57.3
13. Nicolas Batum 6-8 ? SG France NR
14. Mario Chalmers 6-1 Jr. PG Kansas +53.1
15. Bill Walker 6-6 Fr. SF/SG Kansas State +52.6
16. Jerryd Bayless 6-3 Fr. PG Arizona +52.0
17. Kyle Weaver 6-6 Sr. SG Washington St. +51.2
18. Davon Jefferson 6-6 Fr. SF USC +51.2
19. Anthony Randolph 6-11 Fr. SF LSU +50.5
20. Eric Gordon 6-3 Fr. SG Indiana +49.7
On the defensive end, Walker has shown nice versatility with an attacking style, defending aggressively in the post and on the perimeter. Down low, he holds position well against larger players, while using his length and athleticism to contest shots and not give anything easily. On the perimeter, he plays up in his man’s face and uses his hands well, though he can be beat by over-pursuing. With his physical tools and aggressiveness, he has the potential to be a very good and versatile defender at the next level. Walker has also really upped his efforts on the boards this season, attacking aggressively on both ends of the court, both when he’s near the rim and when he needs to come from out of position on the perimeter.