Hornets’ Kemba Walker says way Nets guarded him late was something he hasn’t seen since college
However, late in the game, the Nets made some defensive adjustments on Walker to at least limit him down the stretch, helping them ultimately come away with the victory.
Walker was impressed with Brooklyn’s guarding techniques, saying it was something he hadn’t seen since his days with the UConn Huskies, according to Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily:
“It was crazy. The way they guarded me, I don’t know if anyone else in this league is getting guarded like they guarded me,” said Walker. “It was like a box-and-one. I haven’t seen that since I was in college. It was crazy.”
Walker has been absolutely brilliant this season, averaging 25.2 points, 6.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor, 35.2 percent from 3-point range and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The 28-year-old was originally selected by the Hornets with the ninth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. He had a rather inefficient rookie campaign, registering 12.1 points per game while making just 36.6 percent of his field goal attempts, 30.5 percent of his long-distance tries and 78.9 percent of his foul shots.
It wasn’t until his fifth season in the league that Walker started to develop into a relatively efficient scorer, and by his sixth year, Walker was finally an All-Star.
The Bronx native has made back-to-back All-Star appearances. Last year, he posted 22.1 points per game and made 43.1 percent of his shots, 38.4 percent of his triples and 86.4 percent of his free throws.