As much as I love Kemba Walker and have been his number-one internet cheerleader this season, there’s no way to get around the fact that he’s just not been as hot putting the ball through the rim the past two games as he has most of the year.
Against New York and Philadelphia, Walker scored just 16 points each game on 32 and 43 percent shooting.
But, he also dished out 17 combined assists in those two games.
Translation: He’s still finding ways to be effective on offense, and I can still be a cheerleader for him.
His assist numbers have held pretty steady between 5.5 and six assists per game all year, and that’s a huge step for Walker in improving his game. Last year he averaged 4.4 assists, and opposing PGs didn’t have to respect his passing ability as much as they have this season.
It also meant he wasn’t able to help his team offensively as much last season when his shots weren’t falling.
I think an important aspect of any great NBA player’s game is how he helps his team when he’s not playing well.
Walker isn’t a great player yet, but he’s on his way, and these solid assist numbers during games when his scoring just isn’t there is one reason why.