Kemba Walker, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, finished his rookie season with room for improvement. The challenging Bobcats roster provided plenty of opportunity for Walker to shine, but Walker did not always grab the spotlight. An injury to D.J. Augustine left Walker as the starting point guard. The main issue of concern was Walker's rough 36.6% field goal shooting. His 4.4 assists per game will hopefully increase once Charlotte adds more talent to the roster. In a home win over Washington, Walker produced his first ever triple-double, supplying 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He was only the third Bobcat to have a triple-double. Walker's Bobcats finished the lockout shortened season with a disappointing 7-59 record.2012
Kemba Walker demonstrated consistent improvement throughout his second year in the NBA. Walker managed to play in all 82 games for the Bobcats, improving his per game averages in points, assists, steals and three pointers relative to his rookie season. Walkers improved shooting and scoring production was probably what most impressed the Bobcat front office. His scoring improved from 12.1 to 17.7 points per game and his overall shooting percentage increased from a frustrating rookie level of 37% to a respectable 42%, with room for more upside. The sophomore guard led the Bobcats in scoring. Walker also finished with 160 steals, ranking him fourth league wide. Walker's Bobcats finished the season with a challenging 21-61 record.2013
Kemba Walker's third season led to his first ever playoff appearance. Walker scored 17.7 points per season, repeating last season's scoring production, which nicely complemented Al Jefferson's 21.8 average. The two provided a quality inside outside combination for the Bobcats. Walker led the team in assists, steals, three pointers and made free throws. On December 9th, Walker scored the Bobcats' last 15 points (and 31 total) to help beat the Warriors. On December 20th, Walker produced 34 points, a season-high, in a win at Detroit. On February 24th, Walker was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, having averaged 22.5 points and 8.8 assists per contest over four straight wins. And on April 4th, Walker supplied his second career triple-double in a victory over the Magic. Walker's Bobcats finished the year at a surprising 43-39 and were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat. Walker averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 assists through the four playoff losses.2014
Kemba Walker's fourth season in the Association led to the point regard returning as Charlotte's top scorer. With Mo Williams able to play in only 27 games, the newly renamed Hornets needed Walker to lead the backcourt while Al Jefferson was again Charlotte's main inside threat. Walker produced 17.3 points, 5.1 assists and 1.4 three pointers per game. This marked the third season in a row that Walker averaged a bit more than 17 points per contest. Forced to miss time after having surgery on his torn left meniscus, Walker posted his worst point, rebound, and assist averages since his rookie season and shot 39 percent from the field. Considering Walker hurried back in early March from the surgery to help with the Hornets' attempted playoff push, the slight dip in production was understandable. On the positive, the point guard improved his ball security, committing a career-low 1.6 turnovers per game. On January 12th, Walker was named Player of the Week, after Walker had led the Hornets to five straight wins. Walker's Hornets finished the season a frustrating 33-49, losing 11 of their last 14 games. They did not make the playoffs.2015
The 2015-16 Charlotte Hornets would have been in trouble without Kemba Walker, who led the team in total points, assists, steals and three pointers. The five year veteran reached the 20 points per game plateau for the first time in his career, averaging 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per contest. On January 18th, Walker exploded for 52 points in a double-OT win over the Jazz. His 52 points scored were both a career-high and a franchise record. That performance, plus three other solid games, led to Walker being named Player Of the Week on January 25th. Later in March, Walker would win another Player of the Week award, marking the fourth time in his career he would receive that recognition. Having appeared in 81 games averaging 36 minutes played per content, Walker ended the year ranked 3rd in the league in total minutes played. His 182 three pointers also ranked 13th league-wide. Walker's Hornets would end the season with a 48-34 record and face the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Despite Walker's 22.7 points and 4.0 assists per game, plus 94% shooting from the charity stripe, the Hornets would lose in seven games to Miami.2016
In his sixth season in the NBA, the 26-year-old Kemba Walker continued to show improvement. Walker experienced career highs in points per game (23.2), field goal shooting (44%) and three point shooting (40%). On November 11th, Walker erupted for 40 points, 10 boards and seven assists in a tough loss to the Raptors. Walker collected his 7,000th career point with the Hornets on December 29th, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to reach that plateau. In late January, Walker was named to his first career All-Star Game, where he came off the bench to score seven points and six assists as a reserve for the East squad. On March 6th, Walker was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for a three game run in which he averaged 27.7 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest. On March 31st, Walker became only the second Hornet in franchise history to reach 8,000 career points. Overall, Walker at 15 games in which he scored 30 or more points. He also had eight double-doubles. Walker's Hornets finish 36-46 and did not make the playoffs.2017
In his seventh season in the Association, Kemba Walker once again demonstrated why he's one of the league's best point guards. Over an impressive 80 games, Walker averaged 22.1 points, 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals per contest. He also averaged over 32 minutes of playing time, while only committing 2.2 turnovers per game. The hard working veteran led the Hornets in points, assists, steals, three pointers and minutes played. On November 17th, Walker exploded for 47 points in a loss at Chicago. On December 4th, Walker became the first player in franchise history with 200 career 20-point games. On February 4th, the veteran guard hit his 930th career three pointer, passing Dell Curry for the franchise record. Later in February, Walker replaced New York Knick Kirstaps Porzingis in the 2018 All-Star Game for his second consecutive ASG appearance. Walker's Hornets ended the season at 36-46 for the second straight year and did not make the playoffs. Walker finished the season fourth in the league in three pointers, draining 231 shots from behind the arc. Next year is the last season of Walker's current contract with the Hornets.2018
Over the 2018-19 season, Kemba Walker was once again Charlotte's unquestioned leader. The star point guard lead the Hornets in points, assists, steals, three pointers and minutes played. For the second time in his career, Walker played in all 82 games. The steady veteran has averaged an impressive 76 games per season over his eight year career. Walker's 25.6 points per game was a 3.5 point improvement over last year and a career high. Walker started hot and was named Player of The Week on Oct. 22, after the first three games of the season. He won that honor a second time on April 8th after averaging 30.7 points per game in three straight wins. On Nov. 18, Walker caught fire for 60 points (a career-high and franchise-best mark) in an OT loss to Philadelphia. In February, Walker participated in his third All-Star game, starting at point guard for Team Giannis. During a four-game winning streak in late March, Walker averaged a near triple-double of 30 points, 9.8 assists and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Walker's Hornets finished at 39-43 and did not make the playoffs. The feisty guard finished the season third in minutes played, third in made field goals, third in total points, ninth in minutes per game and tenth in points per game. Cardiac Kemba was also named to the All-NBA 3rd Team.
June 23, 2011Drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
July 6, 2019Signed a four-year contract with the Hornets in July of 2019. Immediately traded to the Boston Celtics for Terry Rozier and a swap of 2nd round 2020 draft picks. Contract includes player option for 2022-23.