Amidst all of the trade deadline drama, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday that he has selected Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker to replace the injured Kristaps Porzingis (torn ACL). This will be Kemba’s second consecutive All-Star appearance, and Team LeBron’s fourth injury replacement thus far.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) February 8, 2018
Kemba Walker has definitely put up an All-Star worthy stat line, but his team’s success almost held him back. On the season, Kemba Walker is averaging 22.6 points on 42.4% shooting and 36.7% three-point shooting. Walker has also added 5.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 steals onto a disappointing season for the Charlotte Hornets. They stand 10th in the East with a 23-30 record.
Hours before selection, Walker had been in the middle of trade talks with multiple teams. Even the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made it splash before the deadline.
Cleveland is staying persistent in trying to construct a Kemba Walker deal, but there remains no traction there, league sources tell ESPN. MIchael Jordan isn’t easily parting with Walker.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Already a Hornets franchise great, Kemba Walker will add a second All-Star appearance to his name. Deservingly so.
Other Eastern candidates for the spot included Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks, Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons, and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers.