The Dallas Mavericks made the Kemba Walker signing official on Tuesday afternoon, and the six-foot point guard was in town for the team’s impressive win over the Warriors. He did not play on Tuesday, and the four-time All-Star needs some time to get back into game shape. No word yet on when he will make his debut with the Mavs.
Fans are wondering what Kemba will bring when he does hit the floor. Nobody should be expecting him to return to his Hornets days, but can he be an effective backup point guard in 20 to 25 minutes per game? The Mavericks desperately need a third ball-handler and playmaker, and they hope Kemba fills that hole.
Walker was interviewed on the TNT broadcast on Tuesday where he discussed his excitement to be in Dallas and what he brings to the team. Let us take a closer look.
Kemba Walker on what he brings to the Dallas Mavericks
Kemba was an All-Star in 2020, but injuries have limited his play and production since with the veteran point guard playing just 80 games over the last two seasons combined. Walker was asked about how he was feeling on Tuesday night, and fans can see his response below.
"I’m feeling good. I’m feeling better than I have felt in a very long time. That is really all I can say. I’m excited to be back. I’m happy these guys picked me up, and I’m ready to get started."
The veteran guard believes he can help a team win, and he is ecstatic to have the opportunity to prove it. Walker also had this to say about what he is bringing to the Mavericks.
"Just another ball-handler and some leadership qualities, I think. Good locker room guy. I’ve been around for a long time, so I just know what it takes to keep a locker room happy and to keep guys happy. I just think I can add in that element."
The Mavericks do not need Kemba Walker to be their savior. They are just asking him to be a scorer and playmaker off the bench that helps them win close games. Fans can read more about what Walker will bring to the team here. He is an upgrade over Facundo Campazzo, who was released to sign Kemba. How much of one? Time will tell.
Supporters are already excited about the addition of Kemba Walker, but when will he be ready to play? Stay tuned for updates as they become available.