NBA Analyst Decodes the Key Positive in Kemba Walker’s Trade to New York Knicks

Published 08/18/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Jan 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives to the basket against the New York Knicks in the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, 31-year old Kemba Walker signed a deal with the New York Knicks after his last two years at Boston. Walker, who grew up in The Bronx, New York, is happy to be home for the 2021-22 season. Having been a key player for the Boston Celtics, the all-star is now the starting point guard for the Knicks.

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Celtics star Kemba Walker was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and further entered a sign-and-trade agreement with his home team. The Madison Square Garden will be welcoming their boy soon, along with Evan Fourier, another new addition to the Knicks.

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Kemba Walker is coming home, and that’s a huge positive

The knee injury has been a grave concern for Kemba last season, averaging 19 points per game. However, the Knicks welcomed him to the team putting the injuries far behind. But the question is, what makes Kemba Walker such a good fit for the NY Knicks?

In a recent conversation with ESPN, Senior NBA Writer for The Undefeated, Marc J. Spears answered the question. He said – “I got a couple of reasons. Shooting, passing, one-two scoring punch with Derrick Rose, character, but the main thing is embracing coming home.

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“This is a great time for this 31-year old to get back to New York close to the Bronx where he was a superstar in high school… Assuming that Kemba can stay healthy coming back home at this stage of his career is certainly healthy for his soul too. Because they’re going to be rooting for the hometown kid.”

Derrick Rose and Walker are up for the NY Knicks

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Kemba Walker will be joining Derrick Rose in New York and their pairing will be an interesting affair to watch. Last season, the Knicks made their first postseason appearance after 2013. While it was a huge moment of celebration for the fans, Knicks’ playoff run ended earlier than expected.

With Walker on the roster, the Knicks could be put up a show in the eastern conference. Can the Kemba-Derrick duo make the ever-struggling NY team a talking point in the league? Let us know in the comments.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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