Charlotte Hornets: Is Kemba Walker an All-Star starter?

Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

With All-Star voting beginning tomorrow, has Charlotte Hornets star Kemba Walker proven enough to be considered a starter for the All-Star game?

If you were to ask around the league, there would be very little doubt that Kemba Walker will make his third consecutive All-Star appearance. The question is whether he will be a starter for the event, or continue to be a reserve. Regardless, the Charlotte Hornets star has proven that he belongs with the NBA’s best.

While I’d love to see Kemba Walker as a starter for the All-Star game, which will be hosted in Charlotte this year, it really doesn’t matter. Whether he does get in as a starter or gets in as a reserve, it’s still among the highest honors you can achieve in basketball.

Walker is averaging a career-high 24.8 points and also a career-high 6.2 assists for the Charlotte Hornets. He’s led them to a record of 16-16, which is currently good for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

You’d look at those numbers and think ‘wow, how can he not be an All-Star starter?’ Well, I’ll tell you why. The Eastern Conference has a ton of talented guards, such as Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry, who just so happen to be on two of the top-five teams in the Eastern Conference.

Not to mention Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal and even Ben Simmons, who are all well-deserving of the All-Star starter title as well.

Despite the talent and competition among the Eastern Conference guards, we must remember that the starters are voted by the fans. With the All-Star game and festivities being held in Charlotte this year, hopefully the fans can come together and tally a lot of votes for Walker.

You can make the case that he’s been the best point guard in the Eastern Conference this season. Obviously, team success factors into a lot, but the Hornets have consistently been in the playoff race this season.

Last season, Kemba Walker wasn’t even originally named among the reserves for the All-Star game. However, Walker did eventually replace Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks since he was nursing an ACL injury at the time. It was his second All-Star appearance.

This year, he’s shooting for his third All-Star selection and I’d consider him a lock. He’s been a superstar for the Hornets this season, and even though he has been slumping a bit after a sizzling start, he’s still been the heartbeat for Charlotte, no question about it.

With all of these All-Star games under his belt, he’s building quite the resume. His Charlotte Hornets legacy is growing every single day.

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You can vote for Kemba Walker and other NBA stars you feel are deserving by going to or on the NBA app. Voting begins tomorrow morning at 11:00 ET. Let’s get Kemba Walker named as an All-Star starter, Hornets fans!