NBA Christmas: A gift for each team’s wish list in 2018

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Charlotte Hornets: Help for Kemba Walker

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Kemba Walker desperately needs help. Leading the Charlotte Hornets in scoring at 25.1 points per game, his next-closest teammate is Jeremy Lamb, who’s averaging 15.1 points per game.

Kemba can be a one-man wrecking crew, as his 60-point detonation showed, but he’s not perfect. He’s not a top-10, or even a top-15 player in this league, and on the nights where he’s not cooking, the Hornets’ entire kitchen might as well be on fire.

With Walker approaching unrestricted free agency and the Hornets hovering on the cusp of the playoff picture in .500 territory, the pressure is on to make the playoffs, prove franchise pillars are already in place and reaffirm that re-signing in Buzz City wouldn’t be a mistake. Both sides have been adamant about wanting this relationship to last for the long haul, but a little reassurance this team is actually going places sure wouldn’t hurt.