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Walker Joins Drummond in NBA All-Star Game

First multi-player representation for UConn in NBA All-Star Game since 2008 (Allen, Butler, Hamilton).
First multi-player representation for UConn in NBA All-Star Game since 2008 (Allen, Butler, Hamilton).
Feb. 9, 2018


STORRS, Conn. - For the second time in his NBA career, Charlotte Hornets’ guard and former UConn star Kemba Walker has been selected to participate in the All-Star Game, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Walker, who earns his second-consecutive All-Star selection, takes the place of injured New York Knicks’ forward Kristaps Porzingis on Team LeBron. He previously represented the Hornets in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Six former Huskies have earned the designation of NBA All-Star, including 10-time selection and the league’s all-time three-point shooting leader Ray Allen. Walker joins Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons as the two former UConn players participating in the game. 

Prior to Thursday night’s game with the Portland Trail Blazers, Walker is leading Charlotte this season in points (22.6), assists (5.8) and steals (1.1) per game. He is also averaging a team-high 35 minutes on the floor per contest. 

Chosen with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, Walker has been with the franchise for each of his first seven seasons. In 2014, Charlotte changed its nickname back to the Hornets.

Walker has been one of the league’s elite guards since leaving UConn, averaging 18.8 points and dishing out 5.4 assists per game. Back on Feb. 4, he became Charlotte’s all-time leader in three-point field goals, surpassing the previous high of 929 by Dell Curry.

In 32 of 51 games this year, Walker has scored 20 or more points for the Hornets and joins James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook as the only players in the league to account for over 1,000 points, 275 assists, 150 rebounds and 50 steals this season.

During his illustrious career at UConn, Walker had an All-American season as a junior in 2010-11, averaging 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals in leading the Huskies to a 32-9 record, including a perfect 11-0 in the postseason. Walker sparked the Huskies to five wins in five nights in Madison Square Garden to capture the 2011 Big East Championship and six straight victories over Bucknell, Cincinnati, San Diego State, Arizona, Kentucky and Butler to win the NCAA title.

Besides his selection as a consensus First Team All-American, Walker was named the Big East Championship Most Outstanding Player, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, First Team All-Big East, received the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard, and had his UConn No. 15 jersey placed on the Huskies of Honor wall. He set UConn single-season records of 965 points, 316 field goals, 258 free throws, and 1,543 minutes played. His career total of 1,783 points scored still ranks ninth on UConn’s all-time scoring list.      

LIST OF UCONN PLAYERS TO BECOME NBA ALL-STARS

Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)

2016, 2018

Caron Butler (Washington Wizards)

2007-08

Cliff Robinson (Portland Trail Blazers)

1994

Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

2017, 2018

Ray Allen (Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics)

2000-02, 2004-07, 2008-09, 2011

Richard Hamilton (Detroit Pistons)

2006, 2007, 2008


 

 

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