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Kemba Walker | Guard | #15

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 184
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (9) / CHA
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Kemba Walker (knee surgery) will not play in an NBA Africa exhibition game next month.
Walker was initially expected to be a captain on the World Team for the NBA's Basketball without Borders game in Africa, but he's going to be withheld from competing as a "precaution." Walker underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee back in May and was initially given a six-week timetable, so while he won't be competing in this exhibition game overseas, he should be fine when training camp rolls around in September. Jul 26 - 10:37 AM

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Kemba Walker will serve as a team captain for the NBA's Africa Game 2017.

While this is a bit of a non-story, it's notable because it means Walker will be healthy in time for this game on August 5th -- Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee back in mid-May, but he was given a timetable of just six weeks. He will be a full go for the Hornets training camp, but Walker is shaping up to be a gamble in the early rounds of fantasy drafts because he's had three surgeries on his left knee in the last few years.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 19 - 10:43 AM

The Hornets announced that Kemba Walker had a successful "minor" arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Not good. This is his third surgery on his left knee in three years. The "typical recovery time" is six weeks according to the Hornets, so the good news is that he should be ready to go for training camp. His left knee is a major concern, so fantasy owners may want to tread carefully next season despite the fact that he's coming off a career year -- the first-time All-Star averaged a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 triples on 44.4 percent shooting.
May 17 - 12:39 PM

Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) will remain on the sidelines for Charlotte's final two games of the 2016-17 season.

The Hornets have been eliminated from the postseason, so there's no incentive for Walker to play hurt and risk suffering something more serious. He'll end his season with averages of 23.2 points, 4.0 boards, 5.5 dimes, 1.1 steals, 3.0 triples and 2.1 turnovers per contest on 44.3 percent shooting, and he'll make for a fine early-round selection in next year's drafts. Briante Weber and Brian Roberts will be manning the point guard spot in Walker's absence, and guys like Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminsky will be more involved on offense.

Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Bucks.

The Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday, so this could be a "phantom injury" as Charlotte tries to slightly improve their draft position. If the injury is legit, then the Hornets will likely be cautious because this is the same knee that he's had surgery on twice. Look for Briante Weber and Brian Roberts to pick up Kemba's minutes if he can't go.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 10 - 11:22 AM

Kemba Walker scored 23 points in a loss to the Celtics on Saturday.

That loss marks the end of Charlotte's playoff hopes, so they might be tempted to shut Kemba down or at least reduce his workload in the final two games. They also probably want to see what they have in Briante Weber. Walker hit 7-of-19 shots in the loss with eight assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples, and the All-Star PG will finish as a top-30 player in standard leagues.
Apr 8 - 9:48 PM

Kemba Walker made 6-of-17 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs on Wednesday to finish with 18 points, three 3-pointers, five assists and two rebounds in 34 minutes.

"[Walker] needs help obviously," coach Steve Clifford said before the game. "The turnovers and the physicality you've got to match it. Even if it's not a natural thing you can't pick and choose." Goran Dragic's defense visibly frustrated Walker tonight, and it didn't help that Dragic was on fire, scoring 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting. The loss leaves Charlotte with an extremely unlikely path to the playoffs.
Source: AP
Apr 5 - 9:58 PM

Kemba Walker led the Hornets to a road win in OKC on Sunday, scoring a team-high 29 points on 10-of-20 FGs, including a 6-of-12 mark from deep, with four assists, four steals and three rebounds.

Walker has scored at least 20 points in 53 games this season, a personal best, and today's efficient scoring was a welcome sight -- in his previous two games, he shot a combined 16-of-48 from the field. He's prone to slumps but is still at 44.3 percent on the season, with 84.9 percent at the line, helping him flirt with top-25 roto value.
Apr 2 - 5:32 PM

Kemba Walker scored 31 points to lead the Hornets to a 122-114 win over the Nuggets on Friday.

That's two straight wins for the Hornets, moving them just 1.5 games behind the No. 8 seed (Pacers). Walker finished 9-of-23 from the field in 43 minutes with eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and four triples, and he still has the most 3-pointers in the NBA since the All-Star break. He looks like he's going to finish strong with the Hornets looking to sneak into the postseason.
Mar 31 - 9:29 PM

Kemba Walker needed 25 shots to score 19 points on Wednesday, making seven of his attempts with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists.

Aided by a strong bench effort, the Hornets managed to hang on for a 110-106 victory, their fifth win in seven games. They haven't been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it wouldn't be a shock to see coach Steve Clifford give his veterans more rest if they drop a few games in the next week. That might not mean DNP-CDs, but even reduced playing time could have a major impact on fantasy matchups. We'll let you know if things start to trend in that direction.
Mar 29 - 11:55 PM

Kemba Walker made 10-of-18 from the field for 31 points against the Suns during a 120-106 win on Sunday, adding four rebounds, nine assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

That's his 13th game with 30-plus points this season to match his career high from last year. Even with a really rough six-game slump earlier this month, Kemba is performing very well since the break with averages of 24.2 points, 3.7 boards, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.7 treys. The main reason why is Kemba has put up an awesome 70.3 effective field goal percentage on his catch-and-shoot attempts in his previous 16 games -- also 71.4 percent on his one-dribble treys. He's ballin'.
Mar 26 - 4:36 PM

Kemba Walker's 28 points weren't enough in Friday's 112-105 loss to the Cavaliers.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Hornets and they are now 3.0 games behind the No. 8 seed (Heat). Walker shot 10-of-20 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line with five assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block and five triples in 39 minutes. His value will be safe until the Hornets are mathematically eliminated from a playoff spot.
Mar 24 - 10:35 PM

Kemba Walker needed 21 shots to score 22 points on Wednesday, adding seven assists, three rebounds and one clutch 3-pointer in 33 minutes of action.

Walker is jacking up nearly 10 three-pointers per game in March, putting him in Steph Curry and James Harden territory. He was 1-of-6 from deep tonight and all his owners can do is wait for him to snap out of his current cold spell. His next chance comes vs. Kyrie Irving and the Cavs on Friday.
Mar 22 - 9:41 PM

Kemba Walker made 5-of-18 from the field for 16 points with two rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes during a 98-93 win over the Wizards on Saturday.

It took a while, but Walker is finally cold. In his last four, he's made just 33.8 percent from the field for his 17.0 points per game. Walker has been getting killed with mid-range misses, making just 3-of-14 in that span while he's also been below average at the rim at 50.0 percent -- league average was 60.3 percent. Walker's owners shouldn't worry and this is nothing new for the streaky guard.
Mar 18 - 10:41 PM

Kemba Walker struggled in 30 minutes during a lopsided loss on Wednesday, scoring seven points on 3-of-11 shooting with four assists and one rebound.

Nicolas Batum (migraines) was out tonight and the Hornets sputtered at both ends, shooting just 40.0 percent from the field while allowing the Pacers to shoot 53.4 percent. Kemba didn't have any 3-pointers or defensive stats to ease the sting tonight, but he should bounce back vs. the Wizards on Saturday.
Mar 15 - 9:51 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Michael Carter-Williams
3Briante Weber
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Malik Monk
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Dwayne Bacon
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Johnny O'Bryant
C1Dwight Howard
2Cody Zeller