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NBA Draft: Bobcats select Kemba Walker

Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:43 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 10:04 pm
 
Posted by Matt Moore

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With the ninth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Bobcats took Kemba Walker, PG, UConn.

So... I guess D.J. Augustin didn't show enough last year? Augustin had a career season and looked to be developing nicely, but instead the Bobcats took an undersized scoring point guard who is more of a scorer rather than a distributor. That makes sense.

It's not a terrible pick, especially when paired with their seventh pick in Bismack Biyombo. The Cats have two fairly big reach rookies, and the odds are that one of the two will work out. Either Biyombo's insane athleticism or Kemba's will to win will make them special players, if both of them don't succeed. Meanwhile, Augustin has to go on the trade block, and with Corey Maggette now on roster, the Bobcats will have a lot of shots coming from the back court starting next season... whenever that is.

Walker's defensive questions are considerable considering his size, but there's no denying his pedigree. If Biyombo was the pure athleticsm, pure tangibles selection, then Walker is the opposite, the pure-polish, pure-intangibles lock. He brings a fierceness that owner Michael Jordan is obvioiusly drawn to, and with his pedigree, he'll help the ticket sales department. Walker's translation to the NBA isn't a sure thing, but his popularity and resume is. 

The freak of nature and the unconquerable hero. Not a bad haul for Rich Cho's first draft.
Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:42 am
 

NBA Draft: Bobcats select Kemba Walker

You're right.  Short guards who don't shoot well and haven't proven they're willing or able to distribute are always extremely successful in the NBA.  No bust risk at all.



Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:06 am
 

NBA Draft: Bobcats select Kemba Walker

Walker's not a bust risk at all - the worst you're getting is a quality third guard in a backcourt rotation. 

I also have been insisting that Walker would show his distributing skills at the next level when he has more talent around him every time someone has tried to suggest he's not a point, but he went to the one team with pretty much no talent. So he may play more similarly to how he did this year at UConn until he gets Harrison Barnes or someone next year to pass to. 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:47 pm
 

NBA Draft: Bobcats select Kemba Walker

They wont trade DJ, they will keep him and Kemba since they traded Livingston as part of the 3 team trade.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:24 pm
 

NBA Draft: Bobcats select Kemba Walker

The freak of nature and the unconquerable hero.  Not a bad haul for Rich Cho's first draft.
So Matt Moore is obviously a huge Kemba Walker fan or Bobcats fan.  Because another way to look at this is, the Bobcats took both of the guys many considered to be the biggest bust risks in the draft.


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