As we continue to witness Kemba Walker play dominant basketball for the University of Connecticut Huskies through the Final Four, we can’t help but wonder where he will fall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
He will most certainly be a lottery pick and many teams at the bottom of the NBA barrel could be in search of a shoot-first point guard to construct their franchise around.
Walker carried the Huskies offensive workload averaging 23.9 points per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field, so look for these five teams to give a serious look at Kemba Walker come draft day.
Considered undersized to run the point, the 6’0” Kemba Walker could continue to rejuvenate the youth movement in the Philadelphia 76ers franchise.
Teaming up with the likes of Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks and Spencer Hawes, Walker would be able to get back to the unselfish style of ball that he was known for coming out of high school.
While his stats at UConn lead to the impression that he strayed away from this philosophy, it was out of necessity rather than by choice.
UConn just couldn’t survive without Walker’s offensive output and that led to the ball being in his hands a majority of the game.
Teaming up with a freakish athlete in Andre Iguodala, Walker would be given the opportunity to create thread-the-needle-like passes by utilizing his eye for the open passing lane and impressive court vision.
Overall, Kemba Walker would be a solid draft selection for the 76ers.
While some Minnesota Timberwolves fans continue to believe Ricky Rubio is their future at point guard, there is still doubt that he will even wear a Timberwolves jersey, so they should continue to look elsewhere.
Finally establishing some significance in the NBA with power forward Kevin Love leading the way, the T-Wolves would be wise to draft Kemba Walker with their lottery selection.
Walker’s jump shot would mesh nicely with the game play of the Wolves, but his ability to handle the ball and take it to the rim is what most teams covet.
Finishing at the rim is good, but being able to drive and draw the D, while dishing it to your open teammates is great.
If Walker is on his way to Minnesota, we would be able to watch this Walker-to-Love or Walker-to-Beasley combo over and over and over again.
On paper, this would look like a great draft choice for the New York Knicks.
Kemba's addition to the Knicks roster would ultimately spell the end of Chauncey Billups’ time in New York, as the team could buy out his contract for three million dollars after 2010, but Walker would be a considerable upgrade over Billups.
His youth is obvious, but Walker also displays the same excellent jump shot from behind the arc while also being able to make fundamentally sound entry passes into the post for Amaré Stoudemire.
While New York already sports similar players in Toney Douglas and Landry Fields, the addition of Walker to their lineup would make many opponents think twice when guarding the Knicks’ backcourt.
What could be better to bring fans back to The Palace than by drafting another shoot-first guard from the University of Connecticut?
There is really not much for the Pistons to not like about Walker and they should seriously discuss drafting the second-best point guard with their future lottery selection.
Walker is the type of dynamic player that the Pistons have been lacking since their stellar championship run in the early 2000's.
Despite not being able to fulfill Detroit’s most pressing need in size and length, Walker could very well become the Piston’s new go-to shooter over Rodney Stuckey or Will Bynum
Walker can use his explosiveness to be the type of shooter that takes the big shot and would be a great addition to the Detroit Pistons roster in 2011.
While Baron Davis obviously is not the future at point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they could use some depth in the backcourt and Kemba Walker could be their answer.
Walker’s the type of player that can take over the game with the ball in his hands or easily kick it out to his teammates, and I’m sure the Cavs would love to have either Kemba on any given night.
Walker has the potential to be a dominant figure in the NBA despite his lack of size and who knows, maybe he can help Cleveland fans forget about a certain someone.