Point Guard, 6’1″, 184 lbs.
Junior, University of Connecticut
21 years old
Kemba Walker Highlights
10/11 Stats: 23.5 PPG (42.8% FG, 81.9% FT, 33% 3-PT), 4.5 APG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 SPG, 2.3 TOPG
Strengths: Lightning quick guard who carried UCONN to one of the most impressive late-season runs in NCAA history. Unbelievable ball-handler who uses this skill with his quickness to create space. Great moves with the ball. Wants the ball with the game on the line and made a habit of delivering clutch shots throughout the season. Wills his teammates to victory. Showed he can fill multiple roles — as a sophomore, he had to be more of a facilitator. As a junior, he recognized that he needed to shoulder the scoring load. Quickness helps on defense where he gets his hands on a lot of balls. Above average rebounder for his size.
Weaknesses: His jumper showed improvement but he will need to continue to work on this, especially out to the NBA 3-point line. Not the biggest defender who might get bullied by stronger guards. Improving his strength and finishing at the rim will only help him succeed at the next level.
How He’d Fit with the Kings: I think Kemba can be that facilitating lead guard we want. He wouldn’t have to start right away, but eventually, I think he could play alongside Thornton or Tyreke. His speed and quick dribbles would create space for everyone else. His shooting will only improve, further spacing the floor for Evans to cut and Cousins to work in the post. Beno is a steady hand, but Kemba would be a change of pace. We don’t have a player with his speed dimension on the roster (Pooh aside). A future Walker-Evans backcourt with Thornton as 6th man is quite appealing.
Approval: Yes. I think Kemba has the determination to become a very good player at the next level. His skill level is off the charts and only figures to improve.
Where He Goes: Toronto at #5 should take a hard look at Walker, as the Raptors need a dynamic scorer. Washington at #6 likely passes, leaving Walker to the Kings at #7 or Detroit at #8. Can’t see him falling out of the lottery.