Hornets news: James Borrego says Kemba Walker is the closest thing to Stephen Curry
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Hornets coach James Borrego says Kemba Walker is the closest thing to Stephen Curry

Kemba Walker, James Borrego, Stephen Curry

Charlotte Hornets All-Star guard Kemba Walker is having the best season of his career so far. His stellar play has resulted in heaps of praise from Hornets head coach James Borrego, who says Walker is the closest thing comparable to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

“He and Dame [Lillard] are the closest things to Stephen Curry,” says James Borrego, Charlotte’s coach.

Kemba Walker, who shot just 36.6 percent overall and 30.5 percent from 3 during his rookie season, is now posting career highs in scoring. His 27.9 points per game is good for fourth in the league, while his 44.9 percent field goal shooting is the highest of his seven-plus-year career.

Walker came into the league with a top-tier driving game and shoddy jumper. His 3-point shooting hovered between 30-33 percent in his first four years in Charlotte. On top of that, Walker isn’t the best playmaker for others, unlike other excellent point guards. Many people, including himself, wrote him off the superstar potential list due to his offensive inefficiency.

Then Walker worked his way into becoming a stellar shooter several seasons ago, and his 60-point game this season is a testament to that diligence. He has shot at least 37 percent on triples in each of the last three seasons, and this year he’s at 38.5 percent on nearly 10 attempts per game. While that isn’t quite Stephen Curry territory, it’s pretty darn close.

Kemba Walker is set to become a free agent next summer, and the Hornets are hoping to keep him around for a long time.