Kemba Walker was having a stellar FIBA World Cup tournament until Frank Ntilikina came along. Averaging 14.6 points and six assists per game on 50 percent from the field and 41 percent from three, he was single-handedly keeping Team USA the tournament favorites.
Frank didn’t care about how well Kemba had been performing, and never has. When Frank Ntilikina sees that homunculus point guard, his eyes light up. He goes from a tentative, debated bust, to the two-way superstar he was projected to be in a best-case scenario.
In his career, Frank Ntilikina averages 10 points, two rebounds and three assists per game on 53 percent from the field and 50 from three (61 TS%) in 20 minutes per game against Kemba Walker’s Hornets. For his career, he averages a historically terrible 5.9 PPG/2.2 RPG/3.1 APG on a 35/31/74 slash line (43 TS%) in 21.6 MPG. Walker is affected by Frank’s presence too, and last year averaged 18.3 PPG against the Knicks, but on 18.6 field goal attempts a game, a Frank-esque true shooting percentage of 47 percent.
Perhaps when they play, Kemba and Frank swap scoring abilities. Yesterday was more of the same. Frank put up 11 points and three assists, and seven of those points and two of those assists came in the fourth quarter as he sparked a comeback. He finished a plus-21. Meanwhile, Kemba had an abysmal game, putting up a mere 10 points on 2-9 shooting from the field, 0-4 from three, four turnovers, and finished a minus-13,
To pay tribute to this historic game, I’ve put together a Frank highlight video/Kemba lowlight video for your viewing pleasure.
Also: Kemba had no problem on offense today against Serbia, putting up 18 points and eight assists on 7-11 shooting.