The case for keeping Kemba

A disappointing season mercifully ended and that means people are looking for who to blame. The Celtics immediately changed their leadership structure, which made a lot of people happy (or at least less angry). Still many fans have already shifted their attention to the roster and have logically landed on the guy with the biggest salary. All of this is perfectly natural and in many ways very predictable. I mean, I’m the one who stoked the flames by posting 3 articles about the potential of trading Kemba Walker in the last week. But at some point the narrative pendulum swings too far.

I’m starting to see more and more people talking about Kemba as if he’s a complete negative on this team. Maybe this is just the vocal minority being loud online, but allow me to be loud back (respectfully of course).

Kemba Walker is 16 months removed from his latest All Star appearance and he’s just 31 years old. Injuries took their toll on him and he’s lost some of his explosiveness. That’s a concern, no doubt. But it isn’t that hard to imagine a long offseason giving him time to recover and regain some of that burst back.

Even limited by injuries, he still averaged over 19 points per game this past season and just over 20 the prior year. That’s a far cry from the 25 per he averaged in his last season in Charlotte, but he’s…

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