From the first game of the season to the last, Kemba Walker was a tremendous delight to watch for the Charlotte Bobcats. This team was 21-61, and had to win the last three games of the regular season to avoid having the worst team in the league. Walker’s last four games ranged from 21 to 28 points. In his final game, a 105-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was 6-of-16 from the floor, dished out seven assists and had two steals.
But the game before against the New York Knicks was likely Walker’s smartest floor game of the season. He scored 23 points but he also dished out 13 assists.
His very first game of his sophomore season, Walker gave indication it was going to be a special year. He scored 30 points with 10-of-21 shooting from the floor and added five rebounds. But it was soon after this that the Bobcats went on a horrible losing streak that would typify their season. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 29, they lost 18 straight games and obviously never recovered from the horrible stretch.
Ironically, Walker still had some productive games during that stretch. But the Bobcat defense was horrendous and not all of the offense in the world was going to save them. Walker had 32 points in a 107-98 loss to the Orlando Magic on Dec. 5. You won’t win many games when you score a third of the team’s points.
Walker was an exciting player to watch. But his team was not. The team needs to build around Walker and the other top notch players they can find. They’ll need to pick the best player available in the June NBA draft without worrying about any specific needs.
Then they need to complete their roster with free agent pick ups with players that can play outstanding defense. Kemba Walker is a good stat, but he obviously can’t do it all.