Kyrie Irving may have had the best handles in the NBA last season. Kemba Walker is very close. Expect more team play this season.
It wasn’t difficult to isolate Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum in the USAB scrimmage last night. So much of the action went through them in the Blue Team’s 97-78 victory. I covered Jayson’s great offensive game (17 points., 4 boards) in a previous article, but Kemba’s 12 points and four assists were also noteworthy.
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Kyrie Irving displayed what might be the best handles in the NBA last season, but Walker is not far behind. He has great ball control while avoiding, and befuddling, defenders. He can stop on a dime, create space and get off a decent shot – much like Kyrie showed with the Celtics. And if last night was any indication, Kemba’s new teammates won’t become spectators watching him perform a magic act. They will become part of the act.
Tatum showed a bit of what he can do on offense when let loose, and we need to see more of that. But don’t expect Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward, or even Marcus Smart, to become bystanders. Walker is a willing distributor who will now have shooters to target. The fact that he is such a productive and versatile scorer will open up opportunities for his teammates. We will take the slight decline in ball handling for the pluses that Kemba brings from Charlotte. He is a true team player. His teammates need to follow his lead.
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