After a disappointing rookie season, Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker showed some real promise last season. Last season, Walker increased his shooting numbers across the board and ended with 17.7 ppg and 5.7 apg. This year, Walker will look to take the next step and become a legitimate top ten point guard at the NBA level.
One factor that will certainly help Walker this season is the new influx of talent the Bobcats now have. That’s right; the Bobcats now have something resembling a competitive roster. They paid a whopping $41 million to have Al Jefferson for the next three seasons and drafted Cody Zeller. This is a huge upgrade considering the Bobcats’ starting frontcourt was Josh McRoberts and Bismack Biyombo at the end of last season. Jefferson is a very talented offensive player and a legitimate low post scoring threat. Walker will now have the luxury of being able to throw it down to Jefferson or run the pick and roll with him. Cody Zeller is a mobile 7-footer with legitimate potential, and someone Walker can rely on to score in transition.
These additions mean Walker won’t have to rely so much on himself and single-handedly to create for Charlotte on the offensive end. Accordingly, we should see improvement in the main two areas Walker struggled last season: his pedestrian 5.7 apg and mediocre 42 percent shooting. If Walker is to become a top ten point guard in the league, he needs to make marked improvements in these areas. He will never be a pure point guard averaging 10 assists, but he does need to become better-rounded as a point guard than he is now by distributing more and taking better shots. Now, he has the tools to be able to accomplish both at his disposal. So will he? It’ll be worth monitoring how Walker’s game further develops with his upgraded supporting cast this upcoming season.