The other day, RobertoGato took a look at the on little thing Bismack Biyombo could do to up his game and help the Charlotte Bobcats. Today, we’re looking at Kemba Walker.
Walker is the presumed starter next season, even though the ‘Cats brought in Ramon Sessions this off season.
The former college national champion had a good rookie year in 2011, but if he could just work on one thing this off season, his offensive production would see a solid increase.
That thing is the mid-range jump shot. According to basketball-reference.com, Walker took 87 shots between 10 and 15 feet from the basket last year and made just 33 of them. That’s 66 points on 87 shots… Not good. If he shot 50 percent on those mid-range jumpers last year, he would’ve scored exactly one point per shot
He also made just 22 of his 70 shots from three to nine feet away from the basket. If he would’ve shot 50 percent from that distance, he would scored 26 more points.
Those extra points might not seem like too much, but he would’ve scored almost a point more per game last season had those shots fallen at a higher clip. If he shot 60 percent from those two areas and all of his other shots (16 feet to three point line and layups) stayed the same, he would’ve scored well over a point more per game.
The most important aspect of this stat and the need for him to shoot more efficiently from those spots is the fact that he will see more playing time next season.
If he takes more shots and hits more of them, he could see his points per game total jump three or four points.
If he hits those added shots at around the same rate he did next season, that total will barely rise.
For the Bobcats to get better, their young guys have to increase their production. The easiest way for Kemba Walker to do that is by hitting more of his two-point shots, especially on mid-range jumpers.