Barkley is the biggest idiot alive so I couldn't care less what he had to say lol. Magic was a much better player than he is an analyst. I see what you're saying though. I know plenty of non-Bobcat fans that think Kemba is top 10 or somewhere right around it. I'm also a Lakers fan and I for one know that a lot of Laker fans want Kemba to be their future PG. That's pretty high praise considering Lakers fans only want the very best. The only reason why Kemba doesn't get the media hype is because he is on the Bobcats, the worst team in the NBA in back to back years. It's like the Gerald Wallace situation... he developed into a very good player and had a stretch of a few years where he was a very high level player (you could argue that he was an all-star at ages 24, 25, 26, and 27), but he was only chosen as an All-Star once. When you are a player on a horrible small market team you just won't get media coverage.
Just to top this off -- stats don't tell the entire story, but they don't like. Kemba has played like a top 10 PG this year and you really cannot argue that. You can argue that his scoring is inflated because he's on a bad team, but one could turn around and make the argument that Kemba's stats are a bit deflated because of the same thing.
Yes I agree.
But like i said in the past, only thing is I think Kemba isn't that no.1 piece you build your franchise around. He's a piece you build around someone.
He's not Kyrie, Rose or CP3 who if he goes down, is going to hurt a lot of "w" in the win column. Atm, he's good but not great. I will not argue that he's a Top15-18 PG, but I'm not stupid enough to say he's a Top10 no matter what the stats say.