Stop Kemba Walker and you've basically stopped the Charlotte Hornets.
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The Charlotte Hornets were a deeply flawed basketball team last season. Their offense was a ship wreck that had limited spacing and very few on-ball playmakers able to inject creativity into a lifeless attack.
This year's roster looks better, at least on paper. It has a few new faces (most notably Nicolas Batum) who can open things up a bit and make life easier for those around them. But the Hornets will still struggle, and that's largely due to the inconsistent play of their franchise point guard, Kemba Walker.
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Featured in this piece by NBA.com's Josh Cohen is a look at how opposing teams may view Walker and the Hornets this season:
The Hornets are a very good defensive team, but defense won't be enough to earn a playoff spot in the rapidly improving Eastern Conference. They'll need to score at a more efficient rate, and that begins with Walker.
When playing the Hornets, you don’t want them to get into a half-court rhythm. They are excellent at protecting the ball (fewest turnovers in league last season, 11.2 per game). Walker and Jefferson are superb pick-and-roll players. Walker is explosive but if you close off passing lanes he will dribble excessively and sometimes make a bad pass. Over 32 percent of Walker’s shot attempts came after he dribbled at least seven times. He does limit turnovers, however (only 1.6 per game last year).