During the last days of the 2021 calendar year, then on January 1, 2022, Derrick Walton Jr. had his chance in Detroit, at home, with a 10-day contract. He had been interesting, averaging 6.3 points, 7 assists and 2.3 steals over three games.
It was a waking dream for this native of « Motor City », even if these are his last appearances in the Great League since then, we did not see him again on the floors.
“It was awesome”he told Basketball News. “With my family, we ate at my mother’s after the matches. It was a wonderful feeling. It was even more awesome for my family than for me. We Detroit people are proud. I was given love, then I gave it back. »
But this moment in Detroit was short and therefore without a future. Like a summary of the NBA career of Derrick Walton Jr, undrafted in 2017, who played for the Heat, the Clippers, and finally the Pistons, for only 45 games played in five years. He played more in the G-League, with 59 games under his belt, than in the NBA…
This is why, without a solution in the NBA, he turned abroad, as he had done before.
In 2018/19, he left for Europe, under the colors of Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania, then at Alba Berlin. There, he crosses the planet for an experience in Australia, in NBL.
« I think, if I’m being honest, I’m an NBA player. I think I can be a backup point guard. But, at this point, I want to go where I am highlighted. If it allows me to come back to the NBA, I take it, I’m not going to say the opposite. But for now, I mostly want to have as much fun as possible. This is my main priority. »
At the beginning of July, he signed up with the Sydney Kings, the local defending champion. He notably exchanged with RJ Hunter, also an ephemeral NBA player (45 games), who won the title in Australia this year, on this choice.
“It’s new for me, it’s different, but I have no complaints. No matter the situation, I go there with a big smile. Overall I have heard good things from people who have had this experience. I can’t wait to discover the style of play, the style of life. To tell the truth, the decision was easy to make. »
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