Just over 24 hours before the official start of the NBA free agency, reports surfaced that Walker would travel to Boston Sunday to sign a four-year, $141 million max deal with the Celtics and become their new starting point guard.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 29, 2019
The eight-year NBA veteran is coming off his third straight All-Star appearance and first All-NBA nod, earning third-team honors with a career year.
Changing Kyrie Irving for Walker is the ideal replacement and in fact, it might be for the better.
Irving’s individual traits and personality including his playing style has always made him an alpha in the locker room. He wants the last shot, the focal point of the offense, and no doubt Irving has all the attributes of a team’s superstar – minus the leadership.
In recent months, we have seen that it can get in the way of team chemistry when that mentality rubs teammates and coaches the wrong way.
During his eight seasons with Charlotte, Walker has never had that kind of media attention or even personality tagged to him. Even if Walker was to view himself in that same light and given his contribution to the team, he truly deserves it. A critical member of the team that never craved the spotlight, he is the perfect teammate. No egos, no off-court drama, Walker is the kind of veteran you want around a young core of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Walker posted career-high averages of 25.6 points, 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds while also clocking 1.4 steals per game in all 82 games for the Hornets last season.
A career 41.8 percent shooter from the floor, Walker is normally classified as inefficient due to his PER but still the team’s best scorer.
In Charlotte, Walker was forced to do everything. In Boston, he’ll carry heaver expectations on his shoulders but with significant better talent surrounding him.Leave a comment