I'll say one thing: after last season it's refreshing to have at least one player it can at least be legitimately argued about. Up til the draft and Kemba's emergence pretty much everyone thought all the players we had would struggle in the D League.
Nice to be optimistic for a change.
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
SWedd523, Maybe you weren't one of the ones praising Sessions playmaking/distributing ability as a reason why he should start over Kemba during training camp but I remember it distinctly being discussed...or maybe that was on RealGM
I'm a pro-MKG fan. I don't even know what I'm doing debating this hard for another player in a thread. I guess I just couldn't avoid arguing against such ignorant statements.
My problem is everyone saying Kemba cannot become a "top 10 starting PG". The guy is playing with ZERO offensive weapons around him. Who is the defense trying to stop right now? Hendo/JT? Slightly. MKG? I love the guy, but no. Mullens/Biz? haha. Haywood/Diop? No. Kemba is leading the offense by himself. And when he passes it, if the guy even catches it, it's likely a miss...if it even hits the rim. Heck, look at his game in the rookie/sophomore game last year. With a little bit of talent around him, he led all players with assists. Kemba needs guys around him who can knock down open jumpers and finish at the rim. Right now, we have nobody. Rondo would struggle getting 10 assists on this team.
Would you feel better if I said "If Charlotte were to have three high-level scorers, Kemba included in that three, they may be best served bringing one of those three, but not necessarily Kemba, off the bench to keep the offense from lapsing when substitutions start happening"?
@ Bogg, since you keep using the Spurs as an example, I guess my question to you would be "why can't Kemba be the Tony Parker (starting PG) in a Popovich-like system? and why does he have to be the bench guy like Manu Ginobili in order to be successful?". Answer that for me in a sensible manner, and then maybe I could respect your stance.
As far as your question about Manu, he doesn't have to come off the bench to be successful. I never said that. However, because defenders tend to be less quick the longer they've played, it's seems logical (to me, at least) that managing Kemba's minutes in a way to take advantage of his quickness makes sense.
P.S. Thank you for reading what I wrote and responding with a well-thought out question.
EDIT: I forgot to post this, but from following Kemba from his freshman year at Uconn through now, he seems like a guy more concerned with winning than "getting his", which would help when it comes to selling him on taking a slight ego hit for the betterment of the team.
Last edited by Bogg; 12-10-2012 at 07:19 PM.
Last time I checked, Tony Parker's strength was his quickness too, and his best offensive assets aren't "long-range shooting or a great post-up game".