Not only that , but I'm pretty sure half of the players you named wouldn't allow calderon, brandon knight, raymond felton, the timberwolves whole pg rotation drop like 40 on them . good/ average point guards were having season nights against kemba.
I doubt Omer is starting beside Howard, Hickson will not start over Mcgee or Faried, Varejao may start over thompson but that is very doubtful.
You didn't know Kevin Durant was the third best defender in the league? Or that the GOAT Carlos Boozer was #13? http://www.basketball-reference.com/...ws#stats::noneDefensive Win Shares is influenced way more by the team surrounding the player. Again using Hendo as an example because he's considered a good defender, his DWS last season was a stellar 0.3...Walker's was 1.1.
Per that metric does this mean Walker is a better defender than Henderson?
Win shares isn't a great defensive measure either, but it's a hell of a lot better than PER which is merely influenced by superficial defensive measures. I assume that factors into Kemba edging out Henderson in win shares as well.
Defensive metrics in general still have a long way to go. It's not that difficult to see Kemba is undersized and has difficulty defending other PGs. Not exactly rocket science.
Is it really shocking that the Bobcats would be much worse without the one player who can actually create his own shot? Again, that says as much about the players around him as it does anything. The opponent comparison just tells us he's more efficient than the average PG. Nobody is saying he isn't.
Is it possible that Kemba is playing some small part in his opposing PG not being as efficient as he is? Just a little maybe?
The 'ol eye test is a decent metric...assuming the one utilizing said stat is also taking into account the team defensive scheme and the ability (or inability in our case) of the others to execute it. Ever notice how all our perimeter defenders would leave their guy to help out whenever the ball got into the paint? That was when everyone was killing us for 3. Or how all our guys lean hard towards the middle on D attempting to force the guy with the ball to the baseline? 9 times out of 10 it fails because of the bigs underneath.
Either way, if Kemba is producing better than his counter part (and only 1.1 less APG per 48 minutes I might add) then I don't see the issue. Instead of swapping him out we should worry more about training up the other players to do the same...or find suitable replacements. Right now he's our BEST starter. Let's get back to this when that's no longer the case.
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
"I don't care if he uses a sophisticated pulley and tackle system to get his shot off if the bitch goes in."-Mustachio
I never realized NCAA tourney success was directly correlated with NBA success. Have any studies to share on that?
Regarding your list of PG, go ahead and disregard Chalmers; he plays with Lebron. Any PG can win with Lebron. Curry and Parker are also on different planets than Kemba and play on vastly superior teams. Like I said, on a really strong team, Kemba is sufficient, although he's quite a bit more shot-first than those two. Kemba doesn't play on a really strong team. Curry has played on some shit teams too. And Parker plays within one of the greatest offensive system the NBA has ever seen. Again, not remotely comparable.
You guys need to read more carefully. I never said the Bobcats can't win with Kemba running the point or that you have to have a strong defensive PG. I said the track record for teams with undersized PG who are weak defensively isn't good and that a really strong supporting cast has to be there on the defensive end to compensate if you want to be successful. History bears that out. So either everyone around Kemba needs to get a lot better or we one of a multitude of championship oriented moves going forward needs to be replacing him with a truly elite PG, allowing him to shift to a role where his defense and scorer's mentality are better suited.