In eight days, Kemba Walker will have a new job. Unlike most kids just out of college, this one will pay him seven figures, with the possibility of a substantial raise in a few years should he perform well. It's good work if you can get it, except that there aren't many people like Kemba walking the earth.
For now, Walker is wrapping up his workouts with various NBA teams, most of whom have a top-10 selection in next week's draft.
Last Wednesday, we wrote that Walker had to reschedule his workout with the Kings, who have the No. 7 pick, but did go through the paces with the Raptors (they pick fifth).
Walker made it to Sacramento this week and here's some footage of his workout:
And his media session afterwards:
When asked if he pays attention to the speculation that he might end up in Sacramento, Kemba said, "I look at it -- I think everybody looks at it -- but I really don't pay attention to it because, you know, anything can happen on draft night."
Walker's right, it's not something he should be concerned with because it's out of his control. Leave that up to us because, well, that's what fans and media do: speculate.
At various points in the weeks leading up to the actual draft, mock drafts have had Walker going to both Sacramento and Toronto. But the latest mock-draft offering from SB Nation's Tom Ziller now has the best college player in the country landing in Detroit, where the Pistons have the No. 8 pick. Ziller writes that "The Pistons' roster needs a massive overhaul. Walker's a brilliant piece to build around." He has forward Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic going to the Raptors, and Kentucky's Brandon Knight going to the Kings.
As for Jimmer Fredette, the other national college player of the year, Ziller still likes the Utah Jazz to draft him 12th overall.