CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- When Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap looks at point guard Kemba Walker he sees the NBA's next coming of Chris Paul.
Sounds like a reach, but that's how much faith Charlotte's rookie coach has in the second-year player out of Connecticut.
Dunlap has repeatedly told Walker "we're centering our team around you. You're that guy. Now live up to that billing and own what that means."
The Bobcats parted ways with D.J. Augustin in the offseason, paving the way for Walker to run the show.
The quiet 22-year-old is showing why Dunlap is so high him. Though Charlotte is just 9-24, Walker has excelled since becoming a starter. He leads the team with 17.9 points and six assists per game while fearlessly attacking the rim though he is just 6-foot-1.