Before you gawk at that headline, there really is a case to be made for Kemba Walker in regards to a spot on the Eastern Conference’s roster in the 2013 NBA All Star game.
Amongst backcourt players in the Eastern Conference (this year’s All Star Game format is backcourt and frontcourt players, instead of guards, forwards and centers) Walker is sixth in scoring, 11th in assists (20th in assist-to-turnover ratio, but better than almost every possible All Star guard except Rajon Rondo and Jose Calderon) and second in steals.
The list of probable Eastern backcourt reserves looks like this:
Jose Calderon (yes, really)
Out of those players, Walker is scoring the fourth most points, dishing out the fourth most assists, grabbing the second most steals, has the third best assist to turnover ratio, and, for what it’s worth he’s done all that while playing on one of the worst teams in the NBA.
I’m not saying the Charlotte Bobcats are dragging his numbers down, but Kyrie Irving is the only other player on that list who plays for a really bad team.
It’s highly unlikely that Walker plays in the All Star game. Actually, the probability of that happening is zero.
He will almost undoubtedly be showcased in the Rookie/Sophomore challenge game, and he’s arguably the best player that will be in that game.
If Kyrie Irving makes the All Star game and doesn’t participate, there’s really no debate when you look at all the stats, he would be the best player in the game (with all due respect to Damian Lillard).