Kemba Walker's most talented NBA teammate to date is arguably Al Jefferson. His most successful squad was the 2015-16 Charlotte Hornets, who won 48 games before the Miami Heat bounced them out of the first round.
This could be a banner year for the Bronx native, both for what he'll do individually and what will happen around him.
By joining the Boston Celtics, he has upgraded his supporting cast to feature the likes of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward. Walker has also put himself under the wing of head coach Brad Stevens, who once propped up Isaiah Thomas to a 28.9 points-per-game scoring average and a fifth-place finish in MVP voting.
"It's a perfect fit," Walker told Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News. "[Kyrie Irving] left, so there was an open spot for me. Great young talent, and they wanted me. When you have interest and when you feel wanted, that's what people want."
With more scoring help than ever, Walker could improve on his career highs of 44.4 percent shooting from the field and 39.9 percent three-point accuracy. But this should be his offense to pilot—Tatum and Brown are still developing, while Hayward keeps searching for his post-injury niche—which means he could also challenge his personal bests of 25.6 points and 6.1 assists.
With Walker's 30th birthday awaiting him in May, this could be the best combination he'll ever have of individual talent, athletic prowess and team support.
Robert Louis Pangilinan is a Filipino sports columnist, reporter and photographer. He is currently employed with Policefiles and Sportsmanila.net. sports beat: basketball, boxing, mma, billiards,marathon and baseball.
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