The New York Knicks no longer will be involving former NBA All-Star Kemba Walker in their rotation. It was made clear by coach Tom Thibodeau that he has too much respect for Walker to not involve him as a starter if he’s going to be getting minutes.
So far this season, Walker is averaging just 11.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 24.5 minutes per game. He’s shooting 42.9% from the floor and 41.3% from beyond the arc.
Walker’s stats have been solid for the Knicks but he hasn’t been a good match for Thibodeau’s defense-first identity. He’s been a negative on defense throughout his career and there were concerns regarding whether that would lead to fit concerns with New York.
When digging beyond the surface, Walker has actually been efficient scoring out of ball screens and handoffs while also drilling spot-up jumpers at a high clip. For a team needing another guard that can put it on the floor and hit a pull-up jumper, he’s worth consideration.
LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Kemba Walker Out Of New York Knicks’ Rotation — Is He Done?
The Dallas Mavericks are a team who quite frankly have a limited group of players who can put the ball on the floor and make something positive happen. Most are limited to being complementary talents who rely on catch-and-shoot jump shots for the brunt of their impact.
Let’s take a look at an NBA trade scenario that would land Kemba Walker with the Dallas Mavericks — ending his struggling New York Knicks tenure.