The NBA announced that Paolo Banchero, Walker Kessler, Bennedict Mathurin, and Jalen Williams will be media correspondents throughout the 2023 NBA Finals.
Paolo Banchero (@OrlandoMagic), Walker Kessler (@UtahJazz), Bennedict Mathurin (@Pacers) and Jalen Williams (@OKCThunder) will serve as NBA Finals media correspondents throughout the 2023 #NBAFinals. Follow along on the NBA App & NBA Social to see their coverage from the ground! pic.twitter.com/IoAwG9U3VF— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 31, 2023
It’s a great move by the league to give this crop of young players some shine in what may become a forgotten class of rookies considering this upcoming draft.
Kessler had a breakout season and proved to be one of the bright young defensive stars in the league with his high IQ, surprising quickness/athleticism, and rim protection. But what was also great about Kessler was his personality. He’s fun to talk to and easy-going in a way that draws people in, and it will be fun for other NBA fans to see what Jazz fans saw all season.
Kessler has a chance to be a really great player, and opportunities like this will actually help him in the long run with votes for things like DPOY and the all-defensive team. The fans and media vote for who they remember and, as frustrating as it can be sometimes, the more publicity, the better.
Congrats to Walker Kessler!