Why trading for Kemba Walker would be a disaster for Dallas Mavericks: 2. On-court fit
The only minor flaw in Luka Doncic’s game is his defense. He is improving, but teams targeted him in the playoffs. Doncic stood up to the challenge as the Mavericks reached the conference finals, but they would prefer to be able to hide their superstar on a lesser scoring option.
Putting Kemba in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic could be problematic. The six-foot guard has never been known for his defense. Walker is a career 36.0 percent 3-point shooter that should only improve playing off number 77 and taking more spot-up attempts, but there could be a lot of points given up on the other end.
Kemba struggled last season on both ends of the floor. He rated 198th of 298 players in FiveThirtyEight’s WAR with at least 944 minutes played. Remember, the Knicks sent Walker home last season because they no longer had a role for him.
The four-time All-Star has started every game that he has played since 2015, but he may be most effective for Dallas in a sixth-man type role off the bench playing 25 minutes per game. Would he be willing to accept that assignment? Walker could dominate second units and play sparingly next to Doncic to mitigate the defensive liability, but the plan only works if Kemba is on-board.