It can be a blessing or a curse for one of the best players on your team to be heading into his sophomore season. For the Charlotte Bobcats, it’s a little bit of both.
Kemba Walker is probably Mike Dunlap’s starting PG, even after the acquisition of Ramon Sessions. In his rookie season, Walker was fifth in scoring among first year players, third in assists per game and ninth in steals. He was also the only rookie to record a triple-double.
Amongst his fellow Bobcats, Kemba was third in scoring and second in assists. Last year, he was probably the best on the team in creating for himself (Corey Maggette didn’t play enough to earn that distinction).
This year, Walker will probably start at point guard in front of Ramon Sessions. Mike Dunlap is building his offense around Kemba’s game, which means he’ll get more chances to score and help his teammates score.
On defense, the form UConn star has a ways to go, but he’s quick enough to stay with most NBA guards. If he could learn to keep his man in front and force him baseline more, his defensive stats could improve drastically.
For the Bobcats to be successful going forward, Walker probably has to move up in these rankings. For now, though, being fifth best on any NBA team in your sophomore season is pretty good.