Kemba Walker was once one of the NBA’s most exciting guards. However, wasted years in Charlotte and serious injuries later in his career saw him without a team to start the 2022-23 season. Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks are still looking for a guard who can lead the team whenever Luka Doncic sits on the bench. They cannot hope to make a run for the NBA championship if they don’t get help for one of OKBET’s favorite MVP candidates.
Mavericks GM Nico Harrison hopes the 32-year-old guard can help the team win some games with his scoring and playmaking prowess. However, he’s aware that the knee injuries Cardiac Kemba sustained over the years took more than just the hop in his step.
He revealed in a podcast interview that while Walker’s knee is far from good, he sees potential in Walker’s ability to transform the offense and help them win games.
“Well, it hasn’t been good for a few years,” Harrison said. “[But] even last year, he had 30-point games on it. But it actually feels better now. The reality is, if you look at it, it’s not good, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play on it.”
Walker is a four-time All-Star who played his best years with both iterations of the Charlotte franchise. He averaged 19.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.3 steals during his eight years in the Queen City.
He was shipped off to the Boston Celtics, where they hoped to have him replace Kyrie Irving’s production. While he put on solid numbers (19.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.0 SPG) for the C’s, his health wasn’t enough for the C’s to give him an extension.
He played last year for his hometown New York Knicks. He averaged his career worsts in points (11.6), rebounds (3.0), assists (3.5), and steals (0.7).
Carter Doubts Kemba Fixes Dallas’ Issues
A healthy Walker is a solid addition to any team. However, former Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter casted doubts over Kemba’s ability to help the Mavs.
In his guest appearance on NBA Today, he pointed out that the Mavs’ playmaking is only one of their woes. The team is 28th in assists, last in rebounds, and 29th in offensive rebounding. They need big men besides Christian Wood who can grab boards for them.