Huskies in the NBA: Walker leads the way for Charlotte

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) goes to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

We’re just a few weeks into a brand new NBA season, but all of the five Huskies on active-NBA rosters are making an impact on their respective teams.

Former UConn Husky and current Charlotte Hornet Kemba Walker has lead his team to a perfect 2-0 week. The point guard had an impressive stat line in a 109-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Nov. 2. He dropped 22 points with seven rebounds and four assists. Walker followed that up with 30 points, six boards and one assist on Friday in a 99-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Through five games this season the Hornets are 4-1 with Walker, averaging 24.4 points per game to go along with 4.6 assists per game.

Walker’s former UConn teammate and current Hornets teammate Jeremy Lamb has averaged 14 minutes per game for the Hornets through the first five games. He’s contributed seven points, four rebounds and one assist per game.

Andre Drummond has averaged a double-double through six games for the 4-2 Detroit Pistons. He’s posted an impressive 13.7 points per game and 14.7 rebounds per game. Drummond leads the entire NBA in total rebounds.

Drummond put up an remarkable 19 points and 20 rebounds in the Kings’ 103-86 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Pistons are 4-2 in the new season.

Rudy Gay has played extremely well for the Sacramento Kings despite reports of his request to be traded. He’s the second highest scorer on the team; checking in at 22.6, below just all-star center Demarcus Cousins (25.5). Gay put up 23 points in the Kings’ last game, a victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Shabazz Napier, the hero from UConn’s 2014 championship run, has been struggling to find time on the court for the Portland Trailblazers. He’s played in four games for the Blazers, averaging a measly five minutes per game to go along with his 0.8 points per game.


Connor Donahue is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at connor.f.donahue@uconn.edu. He tweets @conn_donahue.