Those who were worried about Kemba Walker not receiving proper accolades for his performance as of late can rest easy now. Walker has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Congratulations to @KembaWalker for being named @NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week! pic.twitter.com/74ETynZ7BC— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 12, 2015
Kemba had himself one hell of a week, starting with last Saturday's 30-point game against the Orlando Magic, Walker started off the week with two more 30-point games against the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans. He then added a 29-point game against the Toronto Raptors, and finished off the week with a 28-point game against the Knicks, in Madison Square Garden.
What Walker is doing right now is pretty incredible. With Al Jefferson's injury, Walker has put the team on his back and led to them five straight victories behind his incredible performances. Of course, it wasn't easy with a few heroics needed here and there.
Like his game winner against the Pelicans
Or his step back dagger against the Raptors.
Might as well call Kemba a superhero at this point with all the heroics. He's hit three game-winning buzzer beaters this year alone and the three straight 30-point games has his name up there with the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
This recent tear of Kemba's has been exactly what the Hornets needed. January is the point of the season where we really start to separate which NBA teams are competing for playoff spots and which ones are just hanging around until lottery season. After the Jefferson injury it was pretty widely assumed that the Hornets were going to be one of those teams going through the motions as they wait for the season to end, but thanks to Kemba Walker they're now right back in the thick of the playoff race.
Over his last four games, Kemba is averaging 30 points, four assists, and five rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field.