Kemba Walker has been having an amazing season so far, he’s been in the mix as one of the top NBA stories this season. He’s having a career year setting marks as he is currently fourth in the NBA in scoring with 28.2 points per game, while also averaging 6.6 assists per game as well. Also, can’t keep going without stating he has a 60-point game already two months into the season.
Kemba has been averaging at least 20 points per game for the last four seasons, yet we don’t hear his name in the discussion of top point guards a lot. This is a result from him playing in Charlotte and not making the playoffs these last few years. However, if you look at the top point guards in the NBA, they all have a liable second option. Steph has KD and Klay, Kyrie has Tatum and those boys, Westbrook has PG, Chris Paul got Harden, Dame has CJ, do I need to go any further? A lot of the top point guards has somebody else on their team that makes their jobs a little bit easier except for Kemba Walker. Jeremy Lamb is the Hornets second leading scorer this season averaging 14.3 points per game. In fact, over the last four seasons (counting this one) Kemba’s second option averages about 15.2 points per game.
Kemba gets the least from his teammates as far as point production compared to the top point guards in the NBA. Who’s to say if he had a better second option, we would be hearing Kemba’s name a lot more amongst the elite point guards. In the era of shoot first point guards Kemba has been one of the best of them, he can hang with some of the best scorers in the NBA no doubt. However, where does he rank as a top point guard in the NBA?
Steph Curry should be at the top of everyone’s list for point guards, then you have Kyrie or Westbrook whichever way you want to slice. This is where it gets choppy because Damian Lillard was first team all-NBA last season, so I believe he should get the fourth spot on the list. Now this is where Kemba fits in, the way the season has been going Kemba has been playing like a top five point guard in the NBA. On the other hand, we all can’t deny the resumes of Chris Paul and John Wall, their two of the best playmakers in the game Wall is currently third in assists and Paul is sixth. So, you got to ask the question if Kemba was swapped onto either the Wizards or Rockets would they be a better team than currently constructed. Since, Harden and Beal are pretty good playmakers that would hypothetically make Kemba’s job more easier resulting in those teams being better earning Kemba his top five value.