Friday morning the C’s decided to send Kemba Walker along with a 16th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft as well as a 2025 second-round pick to the Thunder. In return, Boston got Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a 2023 second-round pick.
While there are sure to be plenty of opinions on the trade as a whole, the fact that Walker is gone is rather intriguing. His time in Boston was short and it wasn’t exactly the best of times.
Kemba Walker’s Boston Celtics career was a disappointment
While it’s not completely Walker’s fault, the point guard didn’t deliver. He was supposed to help the Celtics compete for a championship and it appears that Boston isn’t closer to winning one after the 2021 NBA season.
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Walker’s Celtics career spanned two seasons and he only appeared in 99 total games. He averaged just under 20 points a game along with 4.8 assists.
What Walker will likely be remembered most for is the number of injuries he had. His knee seems to be a chronic issue that won’t get better anytime soon. The fact that Boston gets a veteran like Horford who knows how to win as well as another big man in Brown is good for the team.
But the fact that Boston is moving on from Walker so quickly is disappointing. It makes you wonder the Celtics even signed him in the first place. It’s not like his knee was perfectly fine before.
When it comes to Boston and knee injuries they seem to have a pretty bad history. Who can forget how the Celtics handled Isaiah Thomas and even Kyrie Irving’s knee? It has led to some players around the league even having a negative perception of playing in Boston.
Fans have heard that Anthony Davis has spoken with his father and they don’t seem to be interested in Boston. With how the C’s handled Thomas, Davis is worried about how Boston would handle his possible injuries.
So overall the Kemba Walker experience in Boston wasn’t a good one. He struggled to stay on the court and while he had some great moments they were too uncommon especially with his inability to stay healthy.
Now the real question is who will replace Walker?