For the past few years, Charlotte Hornets fans have kept their fingers crossed hoping Kemba Walker would be named to the NBA All-Star team. Two years ago, he made the team as a reserve. Last year, he was selected as a replacement due to Kevin Love and John Wall injuries. Besides the obvious sentimental reasons related to Charlotte hosting its second NBA All-Star Weekend — its first in 28 years — Walker deserves to be named an All-Star Game starter.
Walker is averaging a career-high 25 points per game. He’s also one of the league’s top scorers and three-point shooters. He broke his own franchise and career records when he dropped 60 points in November, more than any other player this season. With a new head coach and no other top-tier players, Walker has his team in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference. There’s a lot of basketball still left to play, however, they’re in a position to be a playoff team.
Including Walker, seven Hornets have earned spots in the NBA’s signature exhibition. The first, and only, Hornet to be named a starter was Larry Johnson in 1993.
All-star voting opened on Christmas and concludes on Jan. 21. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote. Current NBA players and media will each account for 25 percent.
For five days in January, fans can have their votes count twice. These “2-for-1 Days” take place on Jan. 3-4, Jan. 10-11 and Jan. 21.
There are multiple ways to cast your daily ballot:
- NBA App (available on Android and iOS)
- Google your favorite player/team or use the Google Search App to search “NBA Vote” and “NBA All-Star Vote”
- For the first time, NBA All-Star voting will be available on Google Assistant. Vote via any Google Assistant-enabled device by saying, “Google, talk to NBA All-Star”
The city is buzzing with anticipation for February, but it’s going to sting if Walker isn’t a starter, or worse, not selected at all.
Kallan Louis is a writer and consultant for qcitymetro.com. He does a lot, but never feels like he’s doing enough. His life can be described as a Venn Diagram: News media, Black culture and sports. He’s always on TV, but rarely seen.