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Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker is very quietly having an excellent season for the organization and now appears to be the type of player that they can perhaps build around for the future. He has improved greatly since last season and is firmly entrenched as the team’s starting point guard.
Last season it appeared that he might be nothing more than a sixth or seventh man in the NBA. He took a number of questionable shots and his turnover rate was very high. This season he is currently averaging 18 points per game and is also dishing out 6 assists per game. He has been an exciting player on a team lacking excitement and gives the Bobcats hope as they move on into a very cloudy future.
The building blocks for the future appear to be Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Bismack Biyombo. It is not an amazing core but teams could do worse. Kidd-Gilchrist is an excellent defensive player and is always providing energy on the court. The one area he has to make improvements in is his outside shot as teams often allow him uncontested looks. He has to make them going forward in order to raise his stock around the league. Biyombo is a heck of a defensive player but he must also make improvements in his overall offensive game. He gets most of his scoring opportunities right around the hoop and off of put backs. He has no jump shot to speak of and needs to improve his shooting range. Making the 15-18 footer consistently would do wonders for his game.
The Bobcats are having another lowly season but Walker is doing his very best to help the team win some games.