Kemba Walker is one player that from the onset of his career knew he was destined to do great things on the basketball court. He was a 5-star recruit, a first-round pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, a two-time All-Star NBA Award recipient who has also broken many records in his career. You will learn more here, on how he was able to do it all in addition to knowing what Kemba’s remuneration has risen to over the years.
Kemba’s full birth name is Kemba Hudley Walker, he was born in Bronx, New York on the 8th of May 1990 to Paul and Andrea Walker. He identifies as an African American by ethnicity and has 3 siblings; 2 brothers named Akil and Keya, a sister named Sharifa.
They all grew up in The Bronx, New York where he attended Rice High School in Harlem, New York. In high school, he actively participated in their basketball team; ending his high school Senior year with 18.2 points and 5.3 assists per game before he graduated in 2008.
Kemba Walker proceeded to have his college education at the University of Connecticut, where he also played hoops with the with the Connecticut Huskies Men’s Basketball Team. In his time in college, he was listed in the highly contested All-Big East First Team and was equally named the second leading high scorer in the United States in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He ended his 4 years college career with 16.1 points and 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game with .2 blocks in all 111 games played out of which he started 77.
He was part of the Huskies team that participated in the Big East Conference Championship and NCAA Championship in 2011 which they won. Their victory came as a surprise because their team was not considered as a top contender in the tournament. Kemba was recognized as the most outstanding player in both tournaments.
NBA Career Facts
The American Basketball Point Guard was drafted in the 2011 NBA draft as the 9th overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in April 2011. In the same year, he signed a mouth-watering, multi-year deal as a brand ambassador for Under Armour Inc. an American Company that produces, sports and footwear with its head office in Baltimore, Maryland. His draft came with some concerns in certain quarters because of his height but down the line, the Hornet Star has proven critics wrong with his spectacular performance in the league.
In Kemba’s Rookie year, he was started as a replacement for his injured teammate D. J. Augustin. He had his first Triple -Double point in their game against the Washington Wizards on the 28th of January 2012, recording 20 points, 10 rebounds per game and 11 assists along with Bobcats achievers: Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson. Walker also partook in the Rising Stars Championship Challenge in 2012. He accumulated a total of 12.1 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in all 66 games played and 23 started in his rookie season.
The baller in November 2012 clinched his winning NBA point of 22 points on 9 out of 19 shootings, 4 assists and 5 rebounds per game and 4 Steals in the game against Minnesota Timberwolves. As though that was not enough, he raised his performance in the next outing grabbing 35 points against the Houston Rocket, setting in motion another career-high point. Kemba eventually ended that season with 17.7 points 2 Steals, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in 82 games played and started by him. This feat earned him a spot in the Rookie season ratings and awards.
Kemba had for himself a stellar game in the 2013 Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Miami Heat, in which he made a career franchise score of 29 points, 5 rebounds and assists respectively, blocking 3 and grabbing 2 Steals, although the Bobcats eventually lost that game to the Heats. He also in the same season carted away 31 points in the game against Golden State Warriors on the 9th of December, 2013. He went on in February 2014 to score a career-high 16 assists, 5 rebounds on 10/18 shots from the court, aiding their win against the Detroit Pistons. This feat again earned Kemba Walker another recognition, as the Eastern Conference Player.
The dexterity and consistency of the Bronx baller continued to soar as he made his 2nd career triple-double score of 13 points, 10 rebounds and assists respectively in the game against the Orlando Magic on April 4th, 2014. He led his team to a last minute come back in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks which they narrowly won with 2 points in a scoreline of 108-106 grabbing a net breaking 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the game.
After an outstanding job done his club decided to reward his hard work with a contract extension worth $48 million. Walker gladly committed to this contract then proceeded to earn his season’s 2nd game win with a score of 103-102 over the New York Knicks on the 5th of December 2014. Still being motivated, he hit another career-high score of 42 points which became his club franchise record as he carted away the most points recorded in the Hornet’s History.
Kemba displaced teammate Kendall Gill on the list of Hornet all-time scorers with his 4,160 accumulated points on the 3rd of January, 2015 becoming the 10th on the list. He later joined the league of first 4 scorers and franchise of Hornet alongside Larry Johnson, Glen Rice, and Kelly Tripucka, after racking up 30 points in 2 or more games consecutively.
The No. 15 man of the Hornet sustained a torn lateral Meniscus on his left knee and had to miss out of action for about 6 weeks while recovering from the corrective surgery he went through. He finally returned to the courts on the 11th of March 2015, scoring 6 points in 16 minutes of play in the game the Hornets lost to the Sacramento Kings with a 7 points difference.
Kemba Walker has relentlessly kept at his game making most of it throughout the seasons. The 2017 season was not an exception as he hit another career-high score of 47 points in the game his team lost to Chicago Bulls in a 123-121 scoreline on the 17th of November 2017. He became the first player in the franchise history to attain a 200 career 20 points record in games. The man seems unstoppable as he kept breaking every available franchise records banging out hard and becoming the main man of the Hornet team; In the 2018 season, he shot a new franchise record and surpassed Dell Curry in addition to replacing Kristaps Porziņģis who was injured at the 2018 NBA All-Star game selection. He also led the Hornet’s in their 6th Largest Win in the NBA history with him recording his 9th – 40 points with a smashing 46 points he earned in the game against Memphis Grizzlies on 22nd of March 2018.
He also achieved another feat, in the NFL, bypassing team-mate Dell Curry as All-Time Scoring leader, in the game they lost on the 23rd May 2018 with the score of 118-108 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The loss means that the young chap has lost 0-26 times since his career against the Crowned King of the Court LeBron James. In all their games played regular (0-22) and playoff (0-4) season.
In all despite the doubts surrounding his recruitment at the NBA draft, because of his physique, Kemba has proven the doubts wrong by becoming the NBA All-Star in 2017 and 2018 and smashing all possible franchise set in his Team to the amazement of all.
Salary and Career Earnings
The jersey No. 15 of the Hornet has spent about 7 seasons and seven years in the NBA, and he earns a decent base salary of about $12 million with his net worth estimated to be within the range of $38 million. Kemba Walker’s pretty girlfriend Ashtyn B. Montgomery is quite a luck Lady to have such a hardworking and adventurous man in her life who is also rich.
How Tall is He
Kemba Walker stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch that is well supported by a weight of 83 kg.