NBA Draft Rumors: What Are the Experts Saying About Kemba Walker

Ally WilliamsCorrespondent IJune 21, 2011

NBA Draft Rumors: What Are the Experts Saying About Kemba Walker

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies looks on against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
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    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, Sports Illustrated:

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies looks to pass the ball to teammate Jeremy Lamb #3 over the arms of Matt Howard #54 of the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketba
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    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, Rotoworld.com

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies handles the ball against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston,
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    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.

Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress.com

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies smiles as the Butler Bulldogs huddle during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
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    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.

Dave Del Grande, CBS Sports

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the net after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium
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    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, CBS Sports

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies looks on against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
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    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, NBA.com

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies goes to the basket against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Housto
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    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.

Chad Ford, ESPN

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies walks off the court after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadi
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    In Chad Ford’s latest mock draft, Kemba Walker slides to the Detroit Pistons at the No. 8 slot.

    Ford sees Walker as a safe pick.

    However, he doesn’t fit any need with Detroit.

    In an earlier mock draft, Ford takes note of Walker’s heart, leadership, and desire to win.