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 on 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 and, despite being 6-foot-1, has shown a penchant for fearlessly attacking the rim.
A lot like the 6-foot Paul, who has developed into one of the most respected point guards in the league with the Los Angeles Clippers.
''I've asked Kemba, `What do you think of Chris Paul's game?' And obviously Kemba tells me ...