“Superstar — I mean, when I think of superstar I think of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, names like that,” Walker said.
Kemba Walker doesn’t necessarily think he is a superstar.
The 28-year-old guard is having his best career NBA season in 2018-19. He has averaged 26 points and 6.1 assists while shooting 35.8 percent from 3-point range for the 11-13 Hornets.
But, Walker told the New York Times he doesn’t know if he should be considered as one of the league’s elite players.
“I’m not sure,” Walker said. “Superstar — I mean, when I think of superstar I think of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, names like that. I don’t know if I can put myself in that category.”
Walker’s first-year coach, James Borrego, however, disagrees with his star guard.
“What Kemba has proved is that he had room to grow, and he is growing, and he’s only getting better,” Borrego said. “This isn’t a guy that’s just stagnated or gone in the other direction. He’s actually getting better.
“He is in his prime. He can lead a franchise. So, for me I love having him as our point guard. I believe in him. I think our group, our organization, believes in him.”
Walker, a two-time All-Star, has played all eight of his NBA seasons with Charlotte but can become a free agent after the season. He said he believes the Hornets are heading in the right direction.
“I think, of course, we’re going to need a few more guys,” Walker said. “But I think those guys have some choices to make as well.”
The Hornets will host the Nuggets on Friday.