If you find yourself saying something like “huh?” just hang in for a moment or two and I’ll explain.
Thanks to the web I have been able to find out a wealth of information about the Charlotte Bobcats with a few simple clicks of the mouse. I’ve been able to read up on the new draft picks, see what the remaining veterans are up to, which ones are left, and what new head coach Mike Dunlap just to name a few things.
I have to say that I like what I’m reading about the ‘Cats. They appear to have a lot of hope and promise going forward.
That brings me to the problem—anticipation. With a couple weeks before the team reports to training camp on the campus of UNC-Asheville I have to wait to see just what the team is going to become this season.
One thing that I am real eager to see is how Kemba Walker is going to do in his sophomore season. I watched the guy roll through the March Madness tournament a couple years ago. Of course making the transition from the college ranks to the NBA can be tough, but he still didn’t do half bad last season (12.1 points/ 3.5 rebounds/ 4.4 assists).
But will he be better in the 2012-13 season? Absolutely!
Kemba has already shown that he can be a leader and perform at a high level on a national stage (2011 NCAA Championship; Most Outstanding Player Award). If his performance during the Summer League in Vegas is any indication that same leader might be emerging once again, this time as the leader of the Bobcats.
During the Summer League Walker was named to the all-summer league team after averaging less than 16 points a game along with 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds. With 29 assists over the five games played he led the summer league in that stat.
I like seeing the assists; it’s good to know that he can dish the ball out and help his teammates score. What I like most is the vocal leadership that he had throughout the team’s time in Vegas.
After losing like they did last season it wouldn’t have been shocking to have seen some lackluster play. Instead the team looked good behind a new head coach and was one of the better teams in attendance with a 4-1 record.
It’s not much to go on, but it is encouraging. It will be interesting to see what kind of time he gets with Ramon Sessions on the roster and penciled in to start for now. As a six-year veteran it would make sense that the team would start Sessions, but I have to say that I’ll be rooting for Kemba to steal the job from him (its been reported that Walker is going to start this season, but many sites still have Sessions as the projected starter).
By time the season hits the All-Star break if he hasn’t outright won the job from Session by then he will be getting more minutes. Now if only the season would hurry up and start…