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Type "Kemba Walker" into any YouTube or Google search. Chances are you'll find one video pretty quickly.

You know the one: A fresh-faced Walker drills a lethal stepback jumper at the buzzer at Madison Square Garden to help the UConn Huskies oust Pittsburgh from the 2010 Big East Tournament.

 

But the undersized point guard from the Bronx wasn't done making highlight reels.

Drafted ninth overall by the Hornets in 2011, Walker played eight stellar seasons in Charlotte, making three All-Star teams and leaving in 2019 as the franchise leader in points scored.

The Hornets weren't exactly appointment viewing during Walker's tenure, making the playoffs just twice while playing in a small market with limited national exposure.

That's a shame, because this dude can BALL.

As Walker returns to his first NBA home Thursday night, we decided to resurface some of his best highlights from his Charlotte days to make Celtics fans appreciate just what they have in the 29-year-old.

Let's with a sometimes-overlooked aspect of Walker's game: his defense.

   

Poor Jose Calderon.

What aren't overlooked are Walker's legendary handles. Here's a supercut of his most lethal crossovers with the Hornets, which took victims like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Derrick Rose:

 

You already knew "Cardiac Kemba" was clutch from his UConn days. This video of Walker's 10 most clutch buckets with the Hornets provides further proof -- and includes the dagger he drilled vs. the Celtics last November.

 

If you're not highlighted out, below is a compilation of Walker's top plays from his best season as a pro, a 2018-19 campaign during which he averaged 26.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

 
 

Walker already has given Celtics fans a taste of his basketball wizardry, averaging 26.0 points through six games in Boston and scoring 30-plus points in three of those six contests. Check out some of his top plays in green below.

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