49. Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker played his first eight seasons with Charlotte, where he was a three-time All-Star, and was widely believed to have his talents wasted on such a mediocre team.  The Point Guard was traded to Boston in 2019, where he finally had a chance to play for a contender.

In Walker’s first year in Boston, he went to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game, and had his fifth straight year where he exceeded 20 Points per Game (20.4).  He helped the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference Finals, but the East became a lot tougher the following year.  Walker was held to 43 Games in 2020-21, but still was productive with a 19.3 PPG, though the Celtics were bounced in the first round. 

Despite the success, Walker’s knee problems kept him from being a player who could go in back-to-back games.  While Walker was still an upper-level Point Guard, the Celtics traded him to Oklahoma City for cap reasons, with the intent of going after a bigger star.  With Boston, Walker averaged a healthy 19.9 Points per Game with a PER of 18.9.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Acquired: Traded with a 2020 2nd Round Pick (which would be Yam Madar) for a 2020 2nd Round Pick (which would be Grant Riller) 7/6/19.
  • Departed: Traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 2021 1st Round Pick (which would be Alpreen Sengun) and a 2025 2ndRound Pick for Moses Brown, Al Horford and a 2023 2nd Round Pick 6/18/21.
  • Games Played: 99
  • Per Game Averages:

    31.4 MP
    .521 eFG%
    .877 FT%
    19.9 PTS
    3.8 RB
    4.9 AST
    1.0 STL
    0.4 BLK

  • Advanced Stats:

    18.9 PER
    .535 TS%
    9.2 VORP
    4.3 WS

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2020)

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