Lauer Sounds Off: Kemba Deserves All-Star Consideration
By Scott Lauer
December 20, 2012
Scott Lauer is the radio play-by-play voice of the Charlotte Bobcats. His column will appear on bobcats.com on Thursdays throughout the season. The opinions expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bobcats organization.
The All-Star Game is still a couple of months away in Houston, and I can assure you that their new hometown hero, James Harden, is going to be featured in that game. In fact, in his Western Conference, it’s going to be an engaging debate in determining who’s worthy of earning guard spots – they’re loaded! Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, (Steve Nash has barely played but may get the votes), Jeremy Lin will get votes, Tony Parker, Mike Conley, and Damian Lillard isn’t at the level yet, but may be in the future.
The Eastern Conference is much thinner at that position, and a Bobcats fan just asked me if I thought Kemba Walker may have a chance to make the team? If he played every game at Time Warner Cable Arena®, I’d say yes with conviction. His numbers at home, justify a place on the team as of today. He’s coming off a career-high 32 points in the last home game (against Orlando), averaging 21 points and seven assists, while shooting 46% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc. Combining his road game figures, he’s at 19 points, six assists and two steals (ranked fifth in the league). Walker’s last two road games have been stellar though. In Los Angeles on Tuesday, he pumped in 28 points and followed that with 27 points in Phoenix.
My Eastern Conference locks at the guard position are Kyrie Irving of Cleveland, Rajon Rondo of Boston and Dwyane Wade of Miami. Deron Williams of Brooklyn is close to a sure thing, and I’d have to put Jrue Holiday of Philadelphia in that territory too. I love Paul George of Indiana – he’s a swingman and may be considered a forward as Lance Stephenson has received a bulk of starts at shooting guard. Of course Derrick Rose would’ve been inked in, but he hasn’t played due to injury.
There’s a fair chance that Walker may indeed be lumped in with the next batch of candidates, joining Joe Johnson and Raymond Felton. There’s been one all-star in Bobcats history, and that was Gerald Wallace, who helped forge the team ahead to their lone playoff appearance three years ago.
At the quarter way mark of this season, we can probably assert that Walker has been the Most Valuable Bobcat, and after surveying the Eastern Conference landscape at his position, it’s a reasonable discussion to start throwing his name around for serious All-Star consideration.
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