Kemba Walker had a solid rookie season. His numbers were on par with some players that made the All Rookie team. What does his sophomore season have in store?
Well, he only played 27 minutes a game last season, and that number is sure to jump, so to judge what he’s capable of next season it’s fair to look at one of my favorite stats: Per 36 minutes.
It’s not crazy to think Kemba will play that much in 2012/13. He will be Charlotte’s starting point guard, and Mike Dunlap is building the ‘Cats offense to suit him.
Last year, Walker scored 16 points had 5.8 assists and grabbed 4.7 rebounds per 36 minutes. Compared to his 12 points, four assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, I think it’s safe to estimate a 12/13 production level somewhere between the two.
I’m going to say he drops 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5 assists a game next year largely based on a higher field goal percentage and better understanding of what to do when he gets to the rim.
Last year his shooting percentage was a sad 36 percent. This year I’m looking at 43 percent; that’s what his shooting percentage was during his senior season at UConn.
If Kemba can put those numbers up as a starter, he’ll be a big reason Charlotte triples its win total from last year.