Charlotte drafted Walker with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft.
Kemba declared for the draft fresh off a monster NCAA Tournament. He led the University of Connecticut to a national title in 2011. Walker led the Huskies to March glory with the most impressive individual performance in recent memory. Despite his performance, many thought his small stature would hinder his production in the NBA.
An emotional Walker told Fox Sports Carolinas “I wasn’t supposed to be here. .. Anything is possible. If I can do it, anybody can.” Walker’s given his all to the city of Charlotte over the past seven years. Tonight was one of those well-worth-it moments for Kemba.
Walker’s averaged 19 points per game through his first 6.5 NBA seasons. The team success hasn’t always matched up with the individual success. Despite not always having the best supporting cast, Kemba’s led Charlotte to two postseason appearances in six seasons.
There have been questions all season about Walker’s future with the Hornets. If this season is indeed his last in the Queen City, tonight was a fantastic final moment for the guard.
If this isn’t Kemba’s swan song in Charlotte, there’s no doubt he’ll continue to find success in the teal and purple. While the Hornets have had a plethora of superstars over the years, they’ve never had one with longevity. While they’ve had guys like Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, and Glen Rice on their roster at points, none have ever stayed long term. Walker has the chance to be the guy stayed and made a true impact.
Tonight was a historic moment for Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets organization. The Hornets have a brand new scoring king. They should have a new viewpoint on Walker’s future with the team. He’s the guy.
My Name is a David Barr, I am a social media manager for the site. I was born in Massachusetts in the mid-90’s so I’ve had the pleasure of being a fan of winning teams for much of my life. I’ve been spoiled by greatness all these years but yet I’m a miserable cynic about my favorite teams. I was originally brought on the site as a Celtics writer, and I’ll continue to produce NBA pieces despite my social media responsibilities. So look out for my work on the site, and on our various social media accounts.