Kemba Walker named starter for 2019 NBA All-Star game

Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts after a play against the New Orleans Pelicans during their game at Spectrum Center on December 2, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker will start in the 2019 NBA All-Star game, the NBA announced Thursday.

This is Walker's third consecutive NBA All-Star appearance and first as a starter. 

Walker joins Glen Rice as the only players to represent Charlotte in three All-Star Games and becomes the third Hornets player to start an All-Star Game, along with Larry Johnson (1993) and Eddie Jones (2000). 

Currently in his eighth season, the 28-year-old Walker is averaging a career-high 25.0 points, 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference in scoring and first among guards.  Walker, who is averaging a career-best 3.2 three-point field goals per game, ranks first in the Eastern Conference in three-point field goals (152), fourth in field goals (409) and sixth in free throws (204).

Walker leads the NBA in clutch time scoring, averaging 5.9 points in clutch time per game.  He is averaging an Eastern Conference-best 8.1 points in the fourth quarter, which is tied with Houston’s James Harden for second in the league behind only the Lakers’ LeBron James, and has made a league-high 44 fourth-quarter three-point field goals on the season.

The 2019 NBA All-Star game takes place Feb. 17 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.