Short Season Hurt Walker’s Development?
(Kemba) Walker never got the chance to refine his jump shot or prepare to run an NBA offense. That’s been a factor in him shooting 37 percent this season and the Bobcats being last in the NBA in point-differential (minus-13.6 per game through Wednesday’s games).
“Everything he’s doing is on the run,” said Paul Silas of a compacted 66-game season that has minimized practice opportunities. “Any situation where someone comes in and they don’t know what’s going on, and you have to teach them on the run, it just doesn’t work.”
Developing Walker is high on this team’s agenda, particularly since the team’s other primary point guard, D.J. Augustin, will be a restricted free agent after the season. The Bobcats used the ninth pick on Walker and if Augustin leaves, Walker becomes a virtual lock as a starter.