Can we make a playoff run with Kemba at starting point?
Kemba: Tough, leader, scrappy, contagious competitiveness, volume scorer. I recognize all of these attributes, along with his admiration from the fans. First off, I have much respect for his game and his effort. Here is my issue with him at starting PG.
1) His natural tendency in half court offense is ISO scoring. You can tell me all you want about Dunlap and Cho wishing to "develop" his pure point guard abilities; it doesn't work.
You are what you are, plain and simple. Biz may be a good defensive, shot blocking 4 or 5 who can finish near the rim..but he will never be a Pau Gasol..he may be an improved version of what he is now, becoming an exceptional shot-blocking, defensive oriented center/foward who score inside the charge circle. He may become a great rebounder given his "leap timing instincts." Biz is not genetically gifted with "touch" that allows him to score with baby hooks, turnaround J's...basically the Hakeem/Parish repitior of moves. Shooting is the exception to the rule..if you have marginal touch as a guard or foward..players have been known to revamp their games to accommodate shooting into their game. LeBron in the finals went back to his natural ability, attacking the rim..it proved much more effective than his choice to shoot away like he did against the Mavs.
Kemba is not naturally gifted with court vision and seeing things before they happen like Ricky Rubio..in fact he is no where close to our league's better pass-first point guards in his "pure" point guard abilities. How long are we going to give him before we can really say he gets everyone involved? In my opinion, he makes for a good Harden at OKC type of role..being a spark off the bench and a curve-ball for defenses when he gets in the game.
Here is why I would not take issue with trading him
2) Even though the consensus perception of him is a "leader," let's remember, a leader can mean alot of things. A leader can impose his will on other players, take control of a situation, express his thoughts to other players, perform under pressure. Does that nessesarily mean he specializes in elevating the game of his team-mates and instills a positive attitude in the team? No. That type of leadership was not needed at UCONN as his team was stacked. He could be the leader that took the ball at crunch time and make hussle plays that pumped up his team, so naturally his playoff run started the this brand in Kemba Walker that exconorates his leadership. Yes, players may emmulate his hussle, but would there be anyone else to emmulate that in his absence? Yes, MKG, Hendo, Sessions, Haywood...Dunlap has instilled that fire as well.
This is why he is not the leader that elevates the play of his teammates.
a) He sulks when the team is losing and when his teammates are off his game. Every time the team falls behind, he has this expression that says, "This is bullshit, I'm playing good and you all won't stop sucking...stop sucking..dont suck anymore" as to suggest they should magically become more talented then they are when they step on the court because they are on his team where it's like UCONN and they are better than most of the teams they play. Byron Mullens is one of the most receptive, take constructive critisism type of guys on the team. I've seen Kemba bitch and moan at him on the bench when was trying to understand what Kemba was explaining to him, Mully moving his hands to suggest "so this is what I do when this happens" ...Kemba acting dismissive, shaking his head...there are more effective ways of mentoring teammates, watch Peyton Manning on NFL films talk to his receivers on the bench.
b) I know I said he should stick to his natural tendencies, but instructions are to be the pointguard of the team, and from my understanding, it's currently Jordan, Cho, and Dunlap's priority to develop him into a true point guard. That being said: he is not even honest with his own short-comings; I've never seen him take the owness for performing badly; I've never seen him acknowledge his own deficiencies as a pure point guard. He only says "we need to keep playin hard." You know who also says that? John Wall...like Kemba, he has a big ego and isn't honest with his deficiencies...Wall has yet to improve his shooting game which all the experts said would help his team, and all he did during the offseason was play pick-up games..no shooting drills. And surprise-suprise...Kemba, according to Stephanie Ready, committed his offseason to become a better shooter..heard nothing about passing, which is much less convenient to adress given it's his achilles heel.
When you are assigned to be the point-guard of the future, I want you to act like you give a damn about being a better player for your team..not just being a better player.
***We are bottom three in assists per-game...Kemba keeps scoring, and we keep losing. Inexcusable: we have proven scorers in Hendo, Mullens, Gordon, Taylor and Sessions. Those facts tell me the whole story.
c) He is not what MKG is, which is a "connector," a term used by all the scouts leading up to the draft. Gilchrist does not get negative, bitch at players, or sulks. I only see positive encouragement with him. Not to use outlandish analogies but MKG is like Mitt Romney in a Mitt Romney ad: smiles, looks optimistic and hopefull..wheres Kemba looks like Obama in a Romney ad, neutral or pissed off. That demeanor and attitude in a leadership role does have a psychological effect you know. You would be amazed on how bad body language will effect the morale of a team. Try working at a restaraunt with a complete bitch as a boss, and one with more upbeat, posisitive boss; you will be amazed on how different you feel during the week and how you perform at work. I see consistent, contrasting themes between Kemba and MKG. *I particularly pay attention to the two in losing situations. T
d) Kemba is a Diva. Like Cam Newton, they both were in the limelight in college, winning championships under dominant programs. Both piggy-backed their past credentials to bolster their stock value to both fans and the front office upon arrival in their respective Charlattean teams. Both do not know how to create positive energy in bad situations, they both sulk, bitch, and moan in tough times. No one would dare say anything nasty about Cam last year..the "Super-Man" who is all smiles basques in his spectacular touchdowns with dances...but we saw the real Cam under adversity this year..he grilled his offensive coordinator, and wanted change..from someone else. Give Kemba another year in dumpsville, you will be suprised in what you'lle see.
3) Sesh is a great penetrator, finisher shooter, passer, and floor general. He embodies the same scrappiness Kemba, with an flat-line demeanor that does not waiver under tribulation. He would be a better fit for our offense at PG and in Kemba's absence..Sesh's along with MKG's leadership at the helm will foster a more focused and positive team.
We could get a nice big in return for Kemba and our 1st pick.