Kemba Walker has been absolutely on fire lately. He's been a huge part of why Charlotte has won three of four, and is managing to hang on through an absurd amount of injuries. Today Walker was rewarded for his efforts when he was named Eastern conference Player of the Week.
Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) January 25, 2016
Walker had one hell of a week. Not only did he average 34.8 points per game, but he set a franchise record 52 points last Monday against he Utah Jazz and dropped 40 points in an overtime game against the Orlando Magic. He has been dominating teams on what feels like a nightly basis, and has been playing the best basketball of his career. This has led to a strong push to have Walker named to the 2016 All-Star game in Toronto. When looking at his numbers it's hard to disagree. He's averaging 20 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game on a career high 43 percent shooting from the field. He's also averaing the most points in the entire conference since Christmas.
Since Christmas Day, @hornets Walker is leading the Eastern Conference in scoring with 25.4 ppg.— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) January 25, 2016
The biggest factor in Walker's improved scoring has been a huge efficiency increase, especially from 3-point range. He's shooting 37 percent from deep, and his True Shooting percentage has bumped up to 54. He's not only scoring, but he's doing it in such an efficient manner that's it's becoming difficult to write it off as just a fluke season.
Walker is playing the best basketball of his entire career, and this Player of the Week award is just what he needed to get a push for the All-Star game. With voting among coming to a close soon the coaches are going to have a hard time picking other guards when Walker is playing at this level so consistently.