Maybe it's the uniform number change. Maybe it's the new swirl he got shaved into his hairdo.

Whatever it is, Kemba Walker has taken his play to a new level so far this season.

Out of all the many encouraging things to take away from the Bobcats' hot start, Walker first seven games might make Bobcats fans beam the most. To this point, Walker is averaging 19 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.9 turnovers per game. That's a 57 percent increase in points, 16 percent increase in assists, and a whole two steals per game more than his averages last year (fine, we can call that eight-steal game against Dallas an outlier). Further, his field goal percentage has jumped 18.5 percent (please note that is different from percentage points).

There are so many aspects of his game that have seen improvement. Even his free throw percentage is up significantly. The main thing that isn't up is his three-point shooting, which is a miserable 3-for-17 so far. But even that should come around as the season goes on.