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When the Bobcats drafted Kemba Walker in 2011, they were looking to get the kid who carried the Connecticut Huskies on his back en route to their second national championship title in seven years.
They got a quieter version of Walker in his rookie campaign, where he averaged 12.1 points and 4.4 assists per game in 27 minutes.
Forget about the sophomore slump, though, because Walker is not having it.
As of Jan. 10, he leads his team with 17.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. According to ESPN's NBA metrics expert John Hollinger, Walker has a true shooting percentage of 51 percent and an 18.63 Player Efficiency Rating.
Walker is showing that he is the main man for the Bobcats. His shoot-first mentality is definitely necessary for a team that has struggled in seven of its eight seasons as an expansion team.
What they need is a drill sergeant at the helm who can delegate shots as well as make them—and Walker has been that guy.
His one-one-one ability is beyond impressive, which makes him one of the toughest guards to defend in the league.
In the 108-101 overtime win against the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 6, Walker went head-to-head with Pistons point guard Brandon Knight at the top of the key.
Rather than settling for an easy 15-foot jump shot, Walker instead schooled Knight all the way to the hole for a sweet floater that tied the game at 96 late in the fourth quarter.
Those are the type of plays an organization wants to see out of its budding franchise player.
Walker is not only playing like he did at UConn, but better. I'm sure the Bobcats have no regrets about him.