Is Lonnie Walker the next Donovan Mitchell? There’s no way to be sure, and while there are obvious similarities in both players’ build and skill sets, Mitchell, albeit in his sophomore year, was a more advanced playmaker, superior rebounder and and more impactful defensively.
It’s also a dangerous game to look for the “next ________”. The NBA floundered around for a half decade waiting for the next Jordan and it seems lately finding the next Curry is the new fad. The next Mitchell would certainly be a nice get for the Knicks and would fit very nicely alongside Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina — the only two players who should factor into the front office’s long term thinking — but the Knicks can’t pick Walker because he reminds them of Mitchell.