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Walker Kessler named to NBA Rising Stars at All-Star Weekend

A well-deserved honor for a breakout rookie season

Charlotte Hornets v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

According to Shams Charania Walker Kessler was named to the 2022-23 NBA Rising Stars Team at All-Star Weekend in SLC.

Since joining the Utah Jazz, Kessler has been a revelation. Once thought of as a throw-in player in the trade with Minnesota, Kessler has now become a core part of Utah’s future.

For the season, Kessler is averaging 7.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and has been a blocking machine. In his limited minutes, Kessler is still 5th in total blocks for the season. Kessler’s play has been so impressive he’s cemented himself into the starting lineup. In the last 9 games as a starter Kessler is averaging 11.3 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. What’s crazy is he’s putting those numbers up in 26 minutes per game.

It’s an impressive performance for a humble rookie that has done nothing but prove himself with his play on the floor. Congrats to Walker Kessler!