Kemba Walker's Improvement Encouraging For Charlotte Bobcats

By John Raffel
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats seem to keep getting into too much of a habit of having “one of those nights.”

It’s becoming too habitual, but no one has come up with any solutions yet. That’s because there aren’t many solutions to look at.

The Bobcats lost 98-68 to the Utah Jazz Friday in about as poor of a performance as Charlotte has had all season. Shooting 34.6 percent isn’t going to cut it.

Kemba Walker showed some signs of life, despite shooting 4-of-13 from the floor, but still had seven assists.

Walker is having a productive season for an unproductive team. In his second season with the franchise, he’s averaging 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. His shooting percentage has been a solid 43 percent, despite a lousy shooting night against the Jazz. His court minutes are up and rightfully so.

Last season, Walker averaged 27.2 minutes per game and had problems shooting, hitting just 36.6 percent from the floor and 30.5 percent in 3-pointers. He averaged 12.1 points from the floor, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game.

Walker has been producing much better this NBA season. Prior to the Utah game, he had been virtually unstoppable and had a four-game span in late February with three contests at 24 points and one at 27 points.

But some nights, no one on this team is able to produce. Not that it always matters.

Walker scored 35 points in January against the Houston Rockets and the Bobcats still lost. That’s the type of season it’s been.

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