While Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play in the Rising Stars game, not a single Charlotte Bobcats player will be in the 2013 NBA All Star game.
That’s not surprising.
After all, the ‘Cats are atrocious, and their best player is a second-year point guard who everyone outside of Charlotte still associates with his Big East and NCAA Tournament heroics.
I’m speaking, of course, about Kemba Walker.
But does he or any other Bobcats compare favorably with any 2013 All Star?
Well, the guy Walker compares most closely to is Jrue Holiday, who has a slightly lower PER (quite slightly), a slightly lower true shooting percentage (again, quite slightly), but more points and more assists.
Holiday is also on a decent 76ers team.
Is there any other player on the Bobcats who compares favorably with an All Star?
Well not really.
You can compare Ramon Sessions to Jrue Holiday just like you compared Kemba Walker, but there’s not another All Star on either team (East/West) that a Bobcat stacks up well against.
Byron Mullens averages more rebounds than a couple of the power forwards on the East and West rosters, but his PER is awful and his shooting percentage is just as bad.
But, all this is no reason to fret.
With Charlotte’s two “Rising Stars”, fans in the Queen City have something to cheer about during All Star weekend, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both of them on an All Star roster a few years down the road.