This is the slow time in the NBA off-season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking ahead to the 2010-11 season and which players might surprise us. The Slept-on Files will feature some of the players you might have overlooked or written off — and give you reasons why you shouldn’t.
Antoine Walker’s file: 12 seasons, last played in 2007-08 NBA season, 893 games, 35.3 MPG, 17.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, .414 FG%, .325 3P%, .633 FT%
Why he’s being slept on: It might have something to do with the fact that his last NBA game was in Feb. 2008. It’s also probably related to his .363 field goal percentage and .530 free throw percentage in the 2007-08 season. Combine that with the fact that he turned 34 years old this month and it’s not hard to see why few people are taking Antoine Walker’s NBA comeback attempt particularly seriously.
Why he shouldn’t be slept on: In spite of all the jokes made at his expense, this is still a three-time NBA All-Star we’re talking about and Antoine has reportedly dropped 20 pounds and has been working out at the University of Louisville with Rick Pitino this summer. He’s been humbled by his rapid decline both on and off the court (he filed for bankruptcy protection in May) and he is obviously motivated to work his way back to the NBA to salvage both his pride and his finances.
Nah… I’m just messin’ with y’all. Holly and I agreed that we’ve exhausted the “Slept-on Files” series for this off-season and I just wanted to suck you in before I posted these fun Antoine “shimmy pics” I found on Google Images and the Inside Hoops and RealGM boards (except for the motivational poster, which I made). Enjoy!