Kemba Walker Showing Superstar Potential in Contract Year

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CHICAGO, USA - APRIL 3: Kemba Walker (15) of Charlotte Hornets in action during the NBA match between Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets at United Center in Chicago, USA on April 3, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Kemba Walker has always been known as a talented player. He gained national recognition for his performance that led the University of Connecticut not only to a Big East title but also a national championship. Walker averaged 23.5 points in his final season with Connecticut. He has always put up excellent numbers in his NBA career but never has done enough to stand out. This year he’s making a case to become league MVP.

Kemba Walker Showing Superstar Potential in Contract Year

Career Highs

Through his first seven seasons, Kemba Walker averaged 18.7 points in his career. This year Walker is averaging 26.5 points through 23 games. He’s also shooting 44 percent from the field. Both these season averages are career highs. Not only is he scoring and shooting the ball at a high percentage, but he is also dishing the ball out at a career-high 6.2 assists per game.

Man On a Mission

Through 22 games this season, Kemba Walker has scored at least 30 points in seven games and 40 points in three games. Walker even scored a career-high 60 points in a November loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He also drained a career-high ten three-pointers in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Being in the last year of his contract, Kemba Walker seems inspired to show the league that he deserves a max deal wherever he signs.

Putting the Team on His Back

Kemba Walker has been the leading scorer in six of the Charlotte Hornets 11 wins. In the Hornets 23 games played, Walker has been the leading scorer in 14 of them. The Charlotte Hornets have two other players averaging points in double digits. Besides Walker, the player averaging the highest total points is Jeremy Lamb averaging 15.2 points per game. Walker could seriously become a top MVP candidate at the end of the season should this team make the playoffs. He’s playing his highest level of basketball with very little help. This may also be the reason he’s putting the team on his back because he has very little help. Regardless, Kemba has inserted himself into the conversation as one of the top five point guards in the NBA right now.

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