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Experience: 1 Season
2012-13 Season Averages
20.35 PER, 18.8 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.2 RPG, 2.0 SPG
Has any player been a more pleasant surprise than Kemba Walker?
Thus far in 2012-13, Walker is out-performing Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, a rational comparison due to the similarities in their approach to the game.
Per 40 minutes, Walker is averaging 21.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds with a true shooting percentage of 52.8. Walker also has a Usage Rate of 24.5, an Assist Ratio of 23.4 and a Turnover Ratio of 8.4.
Curry is posting 21.1 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per 40 with a true shooting percentage of 55.8. His Usage Rate sits at 23.9, Assist Ratio at 23.2 and Turnover Ratio at 11.2.
Unfortunately, Curry has the wins to back up the individual statistics.
Even still, Walker has posted a Player Efficiency Rating of 20.35. He's also putting up an Assist-to-Turnover Ratio of 2.77.
Only six players are posting a better number while averaging more than 30.0 minutes per game.
Throw in a solid 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, and it is clear that head coach Mike Dunlap has Kemba focusing on defense. As for how responsibly he's played, Walker's 0.97 steals per personal foul ranks ninth in the league.
No matter which way you cut it, Kemba Walker has played a phenomenal season.