Somebody is severely underestimating the positive impact AI had in his prime. He took a team that featured a 34 year old Dikembe Mutombo, Aaron McKie, Theo Ratliff, Tyrone Hill, Aaron McKie, George Lynch, and Eric Snow to the NBA Finals. On they way they beat the Pacers (Jalen Rose averaging 21/6/5, Reggie Miller at 19/4/3, along with a young Jermaine Oneal and Al Harrington), the Raptors (Vince Carter in his prime), and the Bucks (Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson, Sam Cassell, and Tim Thomas all playing very well).
Rose has 2 first round exits and one ECF beatdown where he shot a miserable 35/23 from the field and lost in 5 games. *Not saying Rose sucks*
as for your paragraph on our offense. when i watch our half court offense this year, it looks pretty similar to last year. i will try to point out some specifics in the chats during the game, but since i have to watch illegal european streams while playing whack-a-mole with pop up ads, it is difficult. i think it boils down to my thought that a good point guard (whether the scoring type like kyrie ervin or the passing type like rondo) knows how to get the ball to his teammates where and when they can be effective. this to me, is kemba's biggest weakness. as i said before, if he can't get to the scoring level of westbrook or rose (and he can not match them athletically as far as finishing. he is finishing better this year but still can't attack the rim like those two or even like AI or jennings who are similar size), he will be best suited, in my opinion, for the harden type 6th man.
as far as the billups comp, i like the pistons comp as a whole, but i think kemba is very comparable right now to jennings and could see that type of career arc.
Joe Johnson is no where near being a hall of famer
Nobody said he was. I was including guys who were multiple time all stars that were not at the Hall of Fame level. But he's been an all-star 6 times, which not too many people in NBA history can claim, and if anybody says Kemba could make it to 6 times, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
kemba is going to be a really good pg. not sure about elite though. with the right pieces around him I could see him being able to win a chip.
QC...I'm thinking of the elite players, guys who can basically put the team on their back night in night out. To expand my list I'd put Dirk, Love, Kobe, Flash & definitely AI. Not necessarily HOF guys and not multiple all stars. Players like Kemba could reach the latter.
For the record I do agree with Chef some in regards to his concerns. I just see it improving while considering the point Kemba's coming from. He's certainly not "there" but from what I've seen I have a good hope that he will get there.
Hope Resurrected: "I think I can bring an attitude to a team as far as, ‘All right, no matter what, we are not losing this game'." - Kemba Walker
"Its okay to be bad; just so long as you're bad ass." - Keetch
Or they can get a clue about how to perform an effective pick and roll. They try, but I smh every time I see it. It looks like a lot of there offense is to get penetration for their guards, but when that gets shut down, they then go one-on-one. That hasn't been very successful.
Which is why they run like hell. At least imo...
I'd love it if Kemba turned into a prime Tony Parker type guy, he's a champion. That would definitely not be a bust.
Kemba comtinues to impress...he has become much more of a scoring threat this year and teams are having to pay more attention to him..its nice to see his FG% increase from 36% last yr to 42 % this year...its a good improvement but would like to see him closer to 45%...the big difference in Kemba this year seems to be his shot selection...he has 1 of the quickest 1st steps i have seen from a PG especially a bobcats PG..but even with that quick 1st step Kemba didnt take advantage of it enough last year ...last year he took way to many jump shots and way too many 3 point shots...i will say that i am confident in Kemba's 15-20 foot pull up jumper but when it comes to 3 point shots he needs to avoid them at all costs...unless its just too good of a look to pass up...but without a doubt his FG% has improved this year bc he is taking less jump shots( the ones he does take are smarter good looks ) and less 3 point shots..his 3 point attempts are down by 1 a games from 3.4 attempts last yr to 2.3 attempts this year...he still needs to get that # down a bit more but its improvment...Kemba's strength is taking the ball to the hoop and hitting strong layups...i think for those of us who have watched the games this year thats its obvious that he is taking it to the basket at a much higher rate and it shows in his FG% and his nearly 7 point a game increase from last year...he is developing into a very nice PG for us and i think if he can begin distributing the ball a little better and increasing his assists from 5.5 a game to around 7-8 a game then he will be a complete PG and a possible future all star