current status: Off season
#15 G | 6'1", 184 lbs. | Charlotte
Birth Date:May 8, 1990 (23 years old) Place of Birth:Bronx, NY From:Connecticut
Drafted:Drafted by Charlotte in 2011 (1/9).
Drafted:Drafted by Charlotte in 2011 (1/9).
|Assets:||Excels at breaking down defenders one-on-one, and is highly fast and skilled (with good playmaking ability overall). An accomplished leader and winner, and a hard worker. Brings deceptive leaping ability for both finishing the break and grabbing rebounds.|
|Flaws:||Not quite a true pass-first point guard and is generally small for the NBA backcourt (limiting him defensively). Needs to become more effective at getting in the lane and converting high-percentage shots.|
|Career Potential:||Quality point guard.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NCAA||Division I Tournament Most Outstanding Player||2010-11|
Movements & Injuries
|10/26/2012||Charlotte Bobcats exercised their contract option for the 2013-14 season.|
|12/11/2011||Signed by the Charlotte Bobcats.|
|6/23/2011||Drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 1st round (9th overall) in 2011.|
Nate Tibbetts to interview for Bobcats coach | 04/30/2013 12:03 PM
NewsNate Tibbetts will interview for the vacant Bobcats coach position.
ImpactTibbetts, an assistant with the Cavs, also interviewed for the job last season before Charlotte hired Mike Dunlap. Tibbetts has a noted reputation of being a defensive-minded coach as well as being good with player development, both traits the Bobcats are looking for with their next head coach.
Alvin Gentry says he wants to coach Bobcats | 04/26/2013 1:12 PM
NewsAlvin Gentry told the Charlotte Observer that he'd like to become the next coach of the Bobcats.
ImpactGentry would actually be an interesting fit in Charlotte. "It reminds me a little bit of the teams I had in L.A. (with the Clippers): Young players, very energetic guys,'' Gentry said. "Kemba (Walker) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have a lot of potential and (Gerald) Henderson has started to really establish himself as a pro." We'd suspect Gentry should get a shot, but there's nothing to suggest (yet) that he's the favorite.
Kemba Walker scores 24 with full stat line | 04/17/2013 10:45 PM
NewsKemba Walker wrapped up a surprisingly great season with 24 points, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers on 6-of-16 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Cavs.
ImpactThe Bobcats finished the season with three straight wins in three straight meaningless games, and Walker will finish the season worthy of a second-round fantasy pick. And there's no reason he won't be even better next season.
Kemba Walker hands out 13 assists | 04/15/2013 10:08 PM
NewsKemba Walker handed out a career-high 13 assists to go with 23 points, four boards, one steal and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting in Monday's 106-95 win over the Knicks.
ImpactKemba has really put it together in his sophomore season and shooting 42 percent from the field in leaps and bounds better than his 37 percent last year. His 13 assists are more than double his season average of 5.6 and he'll look to become a bigger facilitator next year.
Kemba Walker scores 28 vs. Pistons | 04/12/2013 11:16 PM
NewsKemba Walker shot 9-of-21 from the field for 28 points with five boards, six assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.
ImpactHe's taking more threes these days, but he's hardly been any good at converting his attempts. Before the All-Star break, Kemba shot 34 percent from behind the arc, but he's made just 27 percent since that point. He'll be an interesting target in fantasy leagues next year.
Mike Dunlap's job in jeopardy w/ Bobcats? | 04/07/2013 8:48 AM
NewsMike Dunlap's job as the Bobcats' head coach is "in potential jeopardy" after this season, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
ImpactMultiple sources relayed the tidbit to Stein, apparently based on "Michael Jordan's recent proclamation to a group of season-ticket holders that major offseason changes are coming in Charlotte." The coach of the team with the worst record in the NBA (18-59) is axiomatically at risk of being fired, so don't give this too much thought.
Kemba Walker struggles in 24 minutes | 04/06/2013 10:40 PM
NewsKemba Walker never found traction vs. Brooklyn, scoring seven points on 3-of-9 shooting in just 24 minutes.
ImpactDeron Williams took Kemba to school defensively, and with Ben Gordon piping hot off the bench (27 points, six 3s) coach Mike Dunlap simply mixed things up a bit. This was Kemba's first single-digit game in over five weeks and we don't anticipate a repeat performance this year, though he will face the daunting Grizzlies' defense on Tuesday.
Kemba Walker scores 27 vs. the Bucks | 04/01/2013 10:50 PM
NewsKemba Walker shot 8-of-11 from the field for 27 points with two boards, six assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes against the Bucks on Monday.
ImpactHe made all eight of his attempts from two-point range and four of his shots came at the rim. Kemba has made some strides in field goal percent, increasing from 36 percent last year and 42 percent this year. Keep him active in your league. Gerald Henderson wasn't too shabby either with 17 points, two boards, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes.
Kemba Walker scores 34 as Bobcats win | 03/27/2013 10:30 PM
NewsKemba Walker hit 13-of-23 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to 34 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the depleted Magic.
ImpactWalker has had his ups and downs this season, but has been all that fantasy owners could have hoped for. In fact, his 34 points aren't even a season high for him this year, so just keep rolling him out there.
Kemba Walker fills stat sheet in win | 03/20/2013 10:15 PM
NewsKemba Walker hit just 4-of-14 shots for 14 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals in Wednesday's tough win over the Raptors.
ImpactWalker has scored in double figures in 10 straight games as his surprisingly effective fantasy season continues to roll on.
Kemba Walker scores 29 points in another loss | 03/09/2013 10:49 PM
NewsKemba Walker's 29 points weren't nearly enough to get past the Wizards on Saturday, as the Bobcats lost their 10th consecutive game.
ImpactWalker hit three 3-pointers and shot 11-of-25 from the field and 4-of-5 from the FT line, with six assists and four steals. He's doing everything he can to get a victory, but the Bobcats simply don't have enough talent to compete. With a 13-50 record, they are at least on pace to have the most ping pong balls in this year's draft lottery.
Kemba Walker has another off night | 03/08/2013 9:36 PM
NewsKemba Walker's struggles continued on Friday against the Thunder, shooting 3-of-12 from the field for 11 points with five boards, four assists and one block in 31 minutes.
ImpactHe'll handle the ball exclusively now with Ramon Sessions sidelined, which should cause an increase to his season average of 5.7 dimes. Kemba's March hasn't been a good one to this point, shooting just 28.8 percent from the field in his previous four games. He's shooting more threes and should still be in all lineups.
Walker hits 5-of-20 shots in loss to Portland | 03/05/2013 1:37 AM
NewsKemba Walker hit just 5-of-20 shots in Monday's loss to the Blazers, scoring 15 points with four rebounds, 11 assists and three steals.
ImpactThe shooting line will be offset by production elsewhere, but spending the last month as a 40 percent field goal shooter has been a drain to his value, moving him from the early to middle rounds in the process.
Kemba Walker scores 24 in win | 02/19/2013 10:47 PM
NewsKemba Walker had 24 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's win.
ImpactWalker is having a great season and started things off on the right foot after the All-Star break. He's inconsistent at times, but should be in most fantasy lineups.
Dunlap: Kemba Walker needs to be more vocal | 02/18/2013 8:58 AM
NewsBobcats coach Mike Dunlap would like Kemba Walker to be more vocal in order to become a better leader.
Impact"You'd like a Peyton Manning disposition in huddles," Dunlap said. "Kemba has a quiet disposition, so pulling that jacket on can be kind of difficult. It's not his nature. But it needs to be his nature." Walker is having a much improved sophomore season with averages of 17.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.3 3-pointers on 42.5 percent shooting.
Kemba Walker very quiet in loss to 76ers | 02/09/2013 11:55 PM
NewsKemba Walker scored six points with four rebounds and four assists on Saturday, playing just 24 minutes in a road loss to the Sixers.
ImpactHe struggled in all aspects of the game vs. Jrue Holiday, but he can take solace in the fact that he's not alone -- the Sixers are giving up 38.6 points to opposing backcourts this season, third-fewest in the NBA.
Kemba Walker scores five points in loss | 02/06/2013 10:44 PM
NewsKemba Walker hit just 2-of-11 shots for five points and four assists in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Cavaliers.
ImpactWalker's streak of 18 straight games in double figures was snapped tonight, but he'll look to start a new one on Friday against the undermanned Lakers.
Higgins: Bobcats could target max player | 02/02/2013 8:40 AM
NewsBobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said the Bobcats should have the cap space available to target max-level players in free agency during the offseason.
ImpactSpecifically, Higgins wrote that the Bobcats should have "upwards of $20 million to spend on player,'' offering the chance to "add the best free agents possible, including max-level players that may be available.'' The Charlotte Observer throws out guys like Josh Smith, David West, J.J. Hickson, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Nikola Pekovic as potential targets.
Kemba Walkers posts monster line in win | 01/26/2013 11:59 PM
NewsKemba Walker went off for 25 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 8-of-17 shooting in Saturday's dramatic win over Minnesota.
ImpactNone of Minny's guards are known for their defense and the Cats took advantage. Walker is having a breakout campaign and should be in all lineups until further notice. He scored a career-high 35 last Monday.
Bobcats exploring reclaiming Hornets nickname | 01/24/2013 6:52 PM
NewsAfter New Orleans announced they're abandoning the Hornets nickname Thursday, the Bobcats said they are investigating the possibility of reclaiming the moniker.
Marc Stein on Twitter
ImpactESPN's Marc Stein reported several days ago that the Bobcats had started looking into the idea of becoming the Hornets. The current Hornets franchise, soon to be the Pelicans, took the nickname with them when they moved from Charlotte to New Orleans in 2002. The Bobcats then entered the league as an expansion franchise in 2004, bringing the NBA back to Charlotte.
Cats lose despite Kemba's career-high 35 pts | 01/21/2013 6:01 PM
NewsKemba Walker poured in a career-high 35 points in a tough loss to the Rockets on Monday -- he made 12-of-21 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, while draining 6-of-7 shots from downtown.
ImpactThe Bobcats lost their franchise-worst 15th consecutive home game despite Kemba's huge game, as Michael Jordan's team continues to unwittingly make a case for NBA contraction. The good news is that Kemba is playing with uncommon swagger this season, his jump shot is noticeably better, and he's been a top-30 fantasy player in eight-cat leagues.
Bobcats very open to making a trade | 01/21/2013 8:56 AM
NewsThe Bobcats front office is "very active" in the trade market in advance of the February 21 trade deadline.
Impact"We're very active - our owner wants us to be active,'' President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said. "I don't think there's any limits to what we'd try to do." Charlotte has been linked to the pursuit of Rudy Gay, but so have a number of other teams, and there is nothing to suggest that a trade is imminent for the Bobcats at this time.
Kemba Walker scores 25 points vs. Magic | 01/19/2013 12:27 AM
NewsKemba Walker (ankle) started and scored 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting (2-of-6 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals in Friday's win over the Magic.
ImpactWalker has slowed down a bit so the fact that he ripped off this line while dealing with an ankle issue is a nice score for owners.
Kemba Walker expected to play | 01/18/2013 7:20 PM
NewsKemba Walker (ankle) will play in Friday's game against the Magic.
Rick Bonnell on Twitter
ImpactWalker rolled his ankle in Thursday's practice, but it's not a real concern. The Bobcats smell a chance to actually win a game here, so expect at least 30 minutes.
Kemba Walker sprains ankle, should play Fri. | 01/17/2013 12:51 PM
NewsKemba Walker sprained his ankle at practice on Thursday, but Mike Dunlap expects him to play on Friday.
Rick Bonnell on Twitter
ImpactIt sounds like Walker's ankle sprain is of the garden variety, but we won't know for sure until we learn how it responds following practice. There is always a chance it could swell up overnight, so Walker is not a lock to be in the lineup on Friday. If he sits, Ramon Sessions would likely get the starting nod.
Kemba Walker with just one assist in loss | 01/15/2013 11:43 PM
NewsKemba Walker hit 6-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points on Tuesday, but had just one assist in the loss.
ImpactWalker's hit double digits in scoring in nine straight games, but is now averaging just 3.4 assists over his last five, which is less than ideal for a point guard.
Kemba Walker sprains ankle in first half | 01/15/2013 8:56 PM
NewsKemba Walker landed on Ian Mahinmi's foot in the first half of Monday's game and went to the locker room.
ImpactHe tried to walk back to play defense and went to the ground in a lot of pain. The training staff tended to him and he needed assistance to get to the locker room. We'll pass on more information as it becomes available. Ramon Sessions has already been worthy of ownership in standard leagues and would become a near must-start player in all formats with Kemba out. Walker's absence would also trickle down to help Ben Gordon, Gerald Henderson and Jeff Taylor.
Kemba Walker has off shooting night | 01/14/2013 11:33 PM
NewsKemba Walker shot 4-of-16 from the field for 12 points, adding two rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in a 100-89 loss to the Celtics on Monday.
ImpactIt's one of his worst shooting performances of the season, but eight of his 16 shots came at the rim. Rajon Rondo can force some tough shots on opposing point guards, so there's no reason to knock Kemba down after this dud.
Kemba Walker drops just 12 on Friday | 01/11/2013 10:43 PM
NewsKemba Walker scored 12 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks against the Raptors on Friday.
ImpactThe two blocks and steals made this a solid line for Kemba and he entered the night ranked eighth in steals. On the other end of the floor, he is much more efficient in scoring this year because 33.1 percent of his shots have come at the rim, which is a huge increase from his 21.6 percent from his rookie campaign. The sophomore has been a pleasant surprise this year.
Kemba holsters his shot on Friday | 01/05/2013 12:37 AM
NewsKemba Walker shot 4-of-8 from the field for 11 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Friday's 106-104 loss to the Cavs.
ImpactHis eight shots were his fewest since November 26 and he gave way to guys like Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions to produce buckets. It's encouraging to see a shoot-first guard like Kemba take it easy on shooting and he's made some nice progress in his second year.
Career Regular Season Statistics
Career Playoff Statistics
2012 Game Highs
|Minutes||46.9||at Wsh||Nov 24||42.8|
|FG Made||13||vs. Orl||Mar 27||9|
|FG Attempts||25||2 times-last:at Wsh||last:Mar 9||26|
|3Pts Made||6||vs. Hou||Jan 21||4|
|3Pts Attempts||9||3 times-last:at Wsh||last:Mar 9||8|
|FT Made||11||at Mil||Apr 1||11|
|FT Attempts||13||at Mil||Apr 1||12|
|Total Rebounds||8||4 times-last:vs. Min||last:Jan 26||10|
|Offensive Rebounds||4||at Tor||Jan 11||3|
|Defensive Rebounds||8||2 times-last:vs. Min||last:Jan 26||7|
|Assists||13||vs. NY||Apr 15||11|
|Steals||8||vs. Dal||Nov 10||4|
|Blocks||3||2 times-last:at Ind||last:Jan 12||2|
|Turnovers||6||vs. Phi||Apr 3||7|
|Points||35||vs. Hou||Jan 21||23|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Games Started||25||2011-12 (Cha)|
|FG Made||281||2011-12 (Cha)|
|FG Attempts||767||2011-12 (Cha)|
|3Pts Made||69||2011-12 (Cha)|
|3Pts Attempts||226||2011-12 (Cha)|
|3Pt %||.305||2011-12 (Cha)|
|FT Made||168||2011-12 (Cha)|
|FT Attempts||213||2011-12 (Cha)|
|Total Rebounds||234||2011-12 (Cha)|
|Total Rebounds/Game||3.5||2011-12 (Cha)|