The NBA Draft is this Thursday. Where will Kemba Walker end up?
Many experts predict that Kemba Walker will end up with the Toronto Raptors, but a couple have him going elsewhere.
They each have their own opinion on the UConn point guard. Most, though, praise his leadership abilities after he led the Huskies to the 2011 NCAA championship.
This is a compilation of each of the experts' thoughts—both on his abilities and where he might end up.
Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated sees Kemba Walker as a “potent bench addition” that could immediately mesh with the Toronto Raptors.
He could hold his own playing alongside DeMar DeRozan.
Steve Alexander also sees the Raptors taking Walker with the No. 5 pick.
He says Walker could be used as a back up point guard for Jose Calderon.
Alexander says Walker’s size is a problem, but many small guys have done well in the NBA.
Once again, Walker is predicted to go to Toronto, according to Jonathan Givony’s draft.
Givony says Walker is “the most ready to make an impact” and fills the Raptors’ biggest need at point guard.
Walker’s ball-handling was the first skill Dave Del Grande mentioned in support of his prediction that the point guard will end up with the Raptors.
He also notes Walkers’ ability to get shots off.
According to Del Grande, “a far superior talent (Walker) will be a nightmare for NBA defenses."
Matt Moore is one of the only experts who predicts that Kemba Walker will be going somewhere other than Toronto.
Moore sees Walker going to the Sacramento Kings, to form a potent back court combination alongside Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans.
Moore writes that Walker will have issues defending the bigger guards, but Evans will be able to pick him up.
If anything, Walker will be able to manage the offense and shoot around the perimeter, “giving the Kings options for years in their backcourt rotation.”
David Aldridge echoes the opinions of other NBA experts, as he too believes that Walker will be able to play point guard well at the professional level.
According to Aldridge, his “expansive scoring ability” will do help the Raptors' back court, which already features DeRozan.