Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier today for games played from January 18th-January 24th, and this marks the third time that Walker has received the honor, after guiding the Hornets to a 3-1 mark in the week.
One of his biggest performances of the week came last Monday, when he scored a career-best 52 points in Charlotte’s double-overtime win over the Utah Jazz at Time Warner Cable Arena, setting the Charlotte Hornets franchise record for most points in a single-game with 52, to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists in the Hornets victory. His 52 points in that game surpassed the previous mark of 48, which was set by Glen Rice on March 6, 1997 against the Boston Celtics at the old Charlotte Coliseum, and becoming the first player in Charlotte NBA history(since 1988-89) to score 50 points in a game, while becoming only the fifth NBA Player since the 1985-86 season to have a 52-point, nine rebound, and eight assist game.
In addition to his achievements helping the Hornets, he led the Eastern Conference in points per game(34.8), field goals per game(11.3), and free throw percentage(.923), while being ranked fourth in steals with 2.25, and ninth in assists per game(6.0). In the January 22nd game at Orlando, he would 40 points in the Hornets overtime win over the Magic, becoming just the third player this season to have a 50-point game and a 40-point game in the same week.
For the season so far, Walker is averaging a career-high 20.5 points per game, 4.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game in 35.9 minutes per game, good enough to lead the Hornets in scoring, minutes played, and steals, and since Christmas Day, he leads the Eastern Conference with 25.4 points per game.
The Hornets begin their West Coast road trip tonight in Sacramento as they take on the Sacramento Kings(10:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast).