Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker is having his best season as a pro, and he's gained plenty of endorsements from the media and around the league. Earlier today, Sacramento Kings wing and former University of Connecticut Huskies star Caron Butler wrote of Walker's improved play and advocated for his first All-Star berth.
"Kemba is a little undersized at 6’1". How many point guards under 6’2" lead their team in points and assists and run the offense? It can’t be many. But even at his size, I don’t remember anyone blocking his stepback move. For my money, it’s one of the most effective stepbacks in the game today. The Kemba Stepback. It’s the definition of an All-Star move."
And really, how do you stop this move?
The article's great and well worth your time. Caron goes into detail about Kemba's game, and even how the two players first met.
Walker's averaging career highs across the board. Through 37 games, the point guard has posted averages of 19 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while shooting a career-high 42.6 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from behind the arc.
And while that's great, Walker has significant competition for a spot on this year's All-Star team. Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, John Wall, and DeMar DeRozan are probably locks to make the team, leaving just two empty spots for Kemba. And he'll be competing with Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Isaiah Thomas, and teammate Nicolas Batum for one of them. Let's hope his stellar play has caught the eye of NBA coaches, who'll be responsible for getting him into the All-Star Game if he gets in at all.
Still, it's great to see other players speaking out about Kemba's phenomenal play. At just 25 years old, his best days are definitely ahead of him. Even if he's unable to get on the team this season, it's likely he'll be in the conversation for the next several years.