Kemba Walker was the number two un-promoted trending topic on twitter for a solid hour last night.
It makes sense. He did, after all, score 30 points on 21 shots, shoot 90 percent from the free-throw line, grab five rebounds and dish three assists in the Charlotte Bobcats first win since the Carter Administration.
In short, he made the Pacers defense look like Pitt’s defense against him on the last play of the Big East Championship game just a few years back (so sorry to keep bringing this up, McGee)
But how did he do it?
For one, his true shooting percentage (takes into account twos, threes, and free-throws) was through the roof at 59 percent. That was a very good thing, because his usage rate (percentage of team plays used by a player while he’s on the court) was a very high 36 percent.
The most important thing about last night, though, was where he took his shots. Almost all of his makes came around the rim. He still had trouble knocking down his mid range jumpers, but he did make a few of them. He also took just one three, which he made. Also, by driving to the rim so much, Walker forced the referees to blow their whistles. He took 10 free-throws against the Pacers and made nine of them.
If Kemba can cut down on the mid range jumpers, continue to pick his spots behind the three-point line, and stick to taking at least half his shots around the rim, he could become the most improved player of the year. In the NBA.