Kemba Walker Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Hornets Guard Wins Award For Second Time This Season After Leading Team To Seven Straight Wins
by Quinton Wash

Additional Coverage: Kemba Walker (Gallery)

March 14, 2016 – The NBA announced today that Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 7, through Sunday, March 13.  It is the fourth career Player of the Week award for Walker, who led the Hornets to a 4-0 record on the week.  Walker earned the honor for the second time this season, after previously receiving the award for the week ending Jan. 24, 2016.  It marks just the sixth time in Charlotte NBA history that a player has earned the award multiple times in the same season.

During the week, Walker ranked second in the Eastern Conference in points per game (27.8) and led the conference in three-point field goals per game (4.0). He also averaged 6.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. Walker shot 53.8% from the field and 51.6% from the three-point line during the week, making him the only player in the Eastern Conference to average at least 25.0 points, while shooting better than 50.0 percent from both the field and three-point range in the week

With 34 points, seven rebounds and six assists vs. Minnesota on March 7, Walker recorded his 11th 30-point game of the season. One game later, he posted 35 points, seven assists and seven rebounds vs. New Orleans on March 9 to record a career-best fourth straight 30-point game, making him just the second player in Charlotte NBA history to post four consecutive 30-point games, along with Glen Rice, who did so two times. On March 11, Walker tallied 16 points and eight assists over the Detroit Pistons.  Walker finished the week by tallying 26 points, five rebounds and six assists on March 13 vs. Houston to lead the Hornets to a seventh straight win.  That contest marked his 12th game this season with 25 or more points, five or more assists and five or more rebounds, tying Jamal Mashburn’s 2000-01 campaign for the most such games in a single season in Charlotte NBA history.

For the season, the Connecticut product is averaging a career-high 21.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 36.0 minutes per game, leading the Hornets in scoring, minutes played and steals. Since Christmas Day, Walker ranks second in the Eastern Conference with 24.3 points per game.

The following chart details Walker’s statistics from the week:

Date Opponent Points Reb Assists Steals
3/7/16 vs. Minnesota 34 7 6 0
3/9/16 at New Orleans 35 7 7 2
3/11/16 at Detroit 16 1 8 1
3/12/16 vs. Houston 26 5 6 0
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