Portland Trail Blazers: Ranking the top 10 point guards in the NBA

Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard guards Steph Curry (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard guards Steph Curry (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /
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#5 Kemba Walker (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /

2.76 RPM. Kemba walker. player. Pick Analysis. 25.6 PTS, 5.9 AST. 5. 18. Scouting Report

Kemba Walker has finally made like A$AP Rocky and escaped the jaws of prison — if Charlotte could be considered the NBA’s metaphorical prison. While loyalty is certainly a great quality to have (and one Celtics fans will likely appreciate, all things considered), blind faith will lead you down a risky path in professional sports.

Instead, Walker made the smart move to secure the bag and take his talents to the great sports city of Boston, where his abilities will be more appreciated. Instead of playing in a city where the college team outshines the professional one, he’ll be playing for the city with the most historic team in league history.

Averaging 25.6 points, 5.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season, Walker brings an arsenal of aggressive versatility that comes as close to possible at filling the shoes of Kyrie Irving. While he is far from a defensive stalwart, his offensive game is one of the best in the league and more than enough to offset the difference.

He’ll be stepping into a situation where the talented youth will look to recapture the spotlight in Boston. That should be no issue for Walker, considering his ego is virtually non-existent relative to the eccentric Irving. Walker has also shot 37.8 percent from deep on over eight attempts per game in the least three seasons, and should help space the floor and create opportunities or the young guns.

If the Celtics wish to recapture the momentum that took them to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2018, it all starts with Walker’s ability to make the team better with his presence on and off the court.