Its no secret that the point guard position is the deepest in the NBA and due to this, it is guaranteed that not every All-Star caliber point guard will be able to take part in the All-Star game. With that being said, Kemba Walker has quietly been having a monster season, averaging 22.7 points per game and 5.4 assists per game, while shooting 46.2% from the field and above 40% from the three-point territory. Many people would not consider Kemba an All-Star because of all the talented point guards in the Eastern Conference, but they should.
The Charlotte Hornets have been a surprise to most people so far this season. With a 19-15 record, they currently are sitting at 4th in the Eastern Conference. Walker is by far the best player on this underrated Hornets team filled with solid role players.
ESPN’s preseason rankings had Charlotte as the 17th best team in the NBA. They were assumed to be battling for a playoff spot, but with Walker leading the way, this team has been a shock to the NBA. As long as Charlotte can keep playing how they have been, Kemba surely deserves the right to represent his team in the All-Star game.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 21, 2016
The only legitimate star player the Hornets have is Kemba. He has embraced that role in his 6th season, and finally has proven that he can be a great and efficient point guard by increasing his field goal percentage from 42.7% last season to now 46.2%.
This change in Walker’s efficiency is his biggest improvement this season and has not been talked about enough. Efficiency was once his greatest concern, but because of his improvement in this area, he should be selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
I can’t deny that there are at least five PGs in the east having All-Star seasons however, Kemba’s improvement and team success certainly should give him a bit of an edge over some players. With all the depth at the position, the NBA could be forced to have a more guard heavy game, especially when they know that’s what many fans want to see.
Whether Walker makes his first All-Star appearance or not, his Hornets are certainly a team to watch out for this season.