The Orlando Magic point guard said that Charlotte Hornets’ point guard, Kemba Walker, is the NBA’s hardest player to guard.
These are some surprising comments by the second year point guard out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He believes that Kemba Walker is the hardest player to guard in the NBA. Those are some strong words from the young man.
Elfrid Payton was on Alex Kennedy’s podcast earlier this year and told the Basketball Insiders Managing Editor that the longtime Charlotte Hornets’ points guard was the NBA’s hardest player to guard.
With all of the great players in the NBA, especially at the point guard position, Elfrid Payton believes that Kemba is the hardest out of all of them to guard. With players like Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Kyrie Irving all being great point guards in the league, it is interesting to hear Payton say that Walker is the hardest player out of all of them to guard.
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Last year was Payton’s rookie season and he battled it out against Kemba and the Charlotte Hornets on three separate occasions. In their first match-up Kemba almost dropped a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.
In the next game against each other, Walker had a huge 42 points game to go along with seven assists. That was good enough for his career high in points for a game. That must have been a difficult defensive night for Payton. I am sure that he remembered that when mentioning Kemba as the NBA’s hardest player to guard.
In their last match-up, Kemba went for 30 points, six assists, and seven rebounds. It is pretty safe to say that Walker dominated Payton each time out not he floor. Elfrid’s comments aren’t too surprising when you take a look at each game that they played against each other. Walker averaged 29 points per game, seven assists, and 7.3 rebounds per game against Payton and the Magic.
Here is the tweet that Alex Kennedy sent out:
Interesting note before tonight’s ORL-CHA game: On our podcast, Elfrid Payton told me Kemba Walker is the NBA’s hardest player to guard.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) December 16, 2015
Kemba Walker put up huge numbers in every game the Charlotte Hornets took on the Orlando Magic. The two will face four times every year, being divisional opponents, for the foreseeable future, Payton will hope that Walker doesn’t continue his dominance.
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