Jan 12, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) goes in between Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Charlotte 96-88. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BBVA Rising Stars Challenge: A Charlotte Bobcats Preview


The Charlotte Bobcats don’t have any All Stars, but they’ve got two guys playing the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.

This website has detailed how Kemba Walker, the sophomore point guard from UCONN, has only been upstaged so far in his career in terms of second year players by Kyrie Irving. He’s on a team laden with guards including Damien Lillard.

He’s also on a team with one of his own, rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

MKG has had an up-and-down year offensively, but he’s fifth in rebounds and fourth in blocks amongst rookies.

The two have formed the collective face of Charlotte’s franchise; Walker, the promising young blossoming star guard, and Kidd-Gilchrist, the fearless rookie defender who was brought in as much to change the culture in Charlotte as he was to provide on the court this early.

Walker and MKG will probably share the floor, and if they do, Walker will almost certainly look to get his teammate involved.

The former Husky was the only player in last year’s challenge with double-digit assists. He dished out 10 dimes and scored 10 points, to also assert himself as one of only four Rising Stars with a double-double in last year’s game.

This game, like the All Star game, is suited to both Walker’s and MKG’s offensive styles; Little defense is played, and both teams will get out in transition.

Expect a few Walker-to-Kidd-Gilchrist lobs during this one, and expect both players to have solid games.

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