It’s not much of a surprise, but the Charlotte Bobcats have two players that will compete in the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Kemba Walker will suit up for the sophomores, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play with his fellow rookies.
Other highlights from the roster announcement include Kyrie Irving, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson for the sophomores, and Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal for the sophomores.
Naturally, the question is how do those players stack up against their fellow “rising stars”?
In case you’re not a frequenter here at Roberto Gato, I’ll fill you in on the fact that we love Kemba Walker and think he’s the greatest thing since the invention of modern plumbing.
We are a realistic lot, though.
The cream of the crop in this game is Kyrie Irving.
Then, though, a very compelling argument can be made the Walker is the next best player on either roster.
PER 36 minutes, Kemba Walker is scoring the most points, dishing the second most assists and grabbing the most steals out of the players considered by most to be the best in the game (Lillard, Davis, Chandler Parsons, Thompson, Nikola Vucevic and Walker).
As for Kidd-Gilchrist, he stacks up well against his fellow first years.
Amongst the bigger name players on the rookie roster (Andre Drummond, Lillard, Davis, Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes and MKG) he’s fifth in scoring, third in rebounds, third in assists, third in blocks and third in steals per 36 minutes.
Expect Walker and MKG to show out in this game.
They clearly have the potential to.