Within a few weeks, Danny Ainge managed to turn the Celtics into a team on the verge of “retooling” into a team that’s back in contention in the Eastern Conference. The signing of Kemba Walker is tremendous for Boston. Not only did they find their point guard for the future, but they found a replacement for Kyrie Irving.
Let’s talk about how good Kemba Walker is. In eight seasons in Charlotte, Kemba Walker held averages of 19.8 points, 5.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. He’s been an All-Star for the past three seasons and has averaged at least 20 points and 5 assists per game over the past four years. He’s also coming off a career year, where he averaged nearly 26 points and 6 assists per game. And not for nothing, but he’s only missed six games over the previous four seasons.
Kemba Walker is a bucket-getter, and that will not change in Boston. Kemba Walker will undoubtedly get his, but he knows he doesn’t have to do it all. For the first time in his entire NBA career, he’s on a team that can make a deep playoff run. He’s surrounded by, in my opinion, some of the best teammates he’s ever had. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of Kemba’s best teammates while in Charlotte based off points per game.
Although Kemba Walker is more known for his ability to score the ball, he’s a leader, but never got a real chance to show it in Charlotte. He’s a team-first type of player who looks to bring the best out of his teammates night in and night out. After reading Kemba Walker’s Players’ Tribune article, I can already tell Kemba will be a much better leader on this team than Kyrie ever was.
The Celtics certainly do still need a big man, but signing Kemba Walker is a step in the right direction. Danny Ainge went from losing Kyrie and Al Horford, to finding Kyrie’s replacement within weeks. Losing Horford will hurt a whole lot more than losing Kyrie, but I’m confident Ainge will fill out the roster with players who will help lead this team to a deep playoff run.
Get excited Celtics’ fans, because Cardiac Kemba is officially a member of the Boston Celtics. He’s excited to be here, and most importantly, he WANTS to be here. He’ll be universally loved in New England because he has that winning mentality that New England fans expect our players to have. He’s going to fit right in, and I can’t wait to see him play his first game as a Boston Celtic.
Let’s get to work, Kemba. Banner 18 is waiting to be raised.
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