Kemba Walker was infamously dropped from the Knicks’ rotation at the end of November, thanks to having a horrible effect on the Knicks on the defensive end of the floor. The Knicks went 2-7 in December before Walker found his way back to the floor thanks to an injury to Derrick Rose and various Knicks players being thrown into health and safety protocols.
Since bringing Walker back, the Knicks have had a 1-2 record, but Walker has been balling. He had 44 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a 124-117 loss to the Wizards today, and shot 14 of 27 overall and 7 of 14 from deep. He also made all nine of his free throws. Walker was the only Knicks starter who had a positive plus/minus.
Kenny Smith called it a while back when he shared his views on Kemba Walker.
Kemba’s stats since his return speak for him, too.
We’ll have to see how Tom Thibodeau adjusts, but they’re going to need more efficient production from other pieces like Evan Fournier (2 of 13 from the field against the Wizards) and Julius Randle (10 of 22 overall, 0 of 5 from three).
As of now, the Knicks look like a damn mess, and now they can’t blame everything on Kemba.