There’s no denying the Charlotte Bobcats are in a horrible slide right now. However, in that same breath, there’s also no denying the fact that they compete, are routinely in games, and had a much better start to the 2013-13 NBA season that most gave them a shot at.
A huge reason for any success they’ve found is Kemba Walker and a huge second-year leap.
His minutes are up by over eight per game, and the former UConn star hasn’t let them go to waste. He’s jumped his scoring average from 12.1 points per game as a rookie to 18.1 at the time of this article, while also averaging career highs in field goal percentage (42.8%), free throw percentage (81.1%), assists (6.1) and steals (2).
Walker still has a ways to go in becoming a true NBA point guard. He’s still not the best defender out there, turns the ball over a bit more than you’d like, and has yet to nail down the nuances of being a starting lead guard at the highest level.
But he’s getting there. We all knew he was a clutch performer and could lead. We knew he could shoot and score. That’s all there, and arguably then some. It’s the passing, decision-making and improved defense that make Walker an interesting candidate for Most Improved Player of the year.
The only question is, can he actually win it?