Iman Shumpert’s hairdo has been all the rage since making it’s appearance last season. Even the fair-weather fans can identify him as “the guy with the hair, ” but long before Shump was rocking the flattop, it belonged to Kenny “Sky” Walker.
The year after the New York Knicks selected Patrick Ewing, Kenny Walker was the fifth overall pick of the 1986 NBA Draft. The selection was considered to be extra important for a Knicks team that was looking to add another young stud to power the organization through a decade-long rebuilding process. You can’t deny the entertainment value that Walker brought to the court in his five seasons playing for New York, but unfortunately he never panned out as a basketball player.
In his best NBA season, Walker played all 82 games, putting up averages of 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. However, he didn’t earn the nickname “Sky” for nothing. Walker had some of the best hops in the league, becoming the first member of the Knicks to ever win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1989, and following it up with a third place finish in 1990.
Unfortunately, Walker’s knees wouldn’t hold up in the long run. Constant injuries forced him to put his NBA career on hold after just five seasons. After attempting a comeback with the Washington Bullets in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 season, he hung them up for good, leaving Knicks fans around the world wondering what could have been.
Before we end today’s Throwback Thursday, TOK would like to extend one more congratulations to Bernard King, who was officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame over the past weekend. Although his stay in this city was too short, he left a lasting impression on New Yorkers, and is still considered one of the better scorers in this franchise’s history.