Statistically, just one second year NBA player has had a better start to the 2012/13 NBA season than Charlotte Bobcats PG Kemba Walker.
That player’s name is Kyrie Irving.
NBA.com has this awesome stat combining points, rebounds, and assists, and right now, Walker sits at an average of 28.4 per game. That’s good for second in the league among sophomores, with Walker sits six “points” behind Irving, and three ahead of Kenneth Faried.
Overall, that number puts Walker 23rd in the league overall, sandwiched between Marc Gasol and Dwayne Wade.
He’s fourth in the league in steals per game at 2.8, 19th in scoring at 18.8 points per game and 26th in assists at 5.8 per game.
Saturday night, against the Dallas Mavericks, Walker flirted with a quadruple double, dropping 26 points, eight steals, seven assists and six rebounds as the ‘Cats knocked off the Mavs in overtime.
One of the reasons Walker is doing so well in the early goings of this season is his shot selection. There were plenty of times last night when he had good looks at three-pointers, and he opted for pull up jumpers at the free-throw line or drives to the rim instead.
His shooting percentage this year is 43 percent, seven points higher than it was last year.