Kemba Walker – the Bobcats second first rounder of 2011 at 8th overall, is difficult to stay in front of defensively – but was not able to capitalize on that elusiveness with many makes in his first season. He is expected to be the Bobcats starter in 2012, with the signing of Ramon Sessions and D.J. Augustin’s departure to Indiana.
ESPN NBA Player Ranking:
Kemba shot less than 37% from the field as a rookie, yet was still among the Bobcats’ leaders in PER at 14.78.
Link to full players stats page: Kemba Walker’s Stats
Perspectives from around the web:
Coming into the season, the questions surrounding Walker were twofold: is he too small? Can he run an NBA offense? In short, no, he’s not too small, and yes, it appears that he can (although consistency is still an issue). While Walker is small, even for a point guard, his incredible quickness allows him to create space and blow by even the toughest defenders with ease. Many times was he allowed to iso on the wing, whip out a bunch of dribble moves and dance past his defender before exploding to rim for a reverse layup. These things are easy for him. These are the things that made him the player he was in college.
- from RufusOnFire – A Season in Review: Point Guards
Realistically? He’s already somewhat improved from what I expected he’d be coming out of college, and I don’t think he’s anywhere near his ceiling. I don’t think he’s ever going to be a serious starting-quality player, but he could definitely develop into a solid pace-changing 15-20 minute a night guard leading the string for a contending team. That’s, in my view, a realistic place for Kemba in the NBA. Now let’s see how it goes.
– from Gothic Ginobili – Player Capsule – Kemba Walker