We are not better without Kemba. Jefferson is playing at an amazing yet unsustainable level right now.
What Jefferson is doing is sustainable imo. He's gotten better throughout the course of the year, and he's making it look easy. It's not like he's hitting a bunch of prayers, he's creating great shots in the post. He has great low post foot work, amazing hand/eye, and an endless array of lost post moves/shoulder fakes. I think his touch and rotation on his 15 to 20 foot jumpers are a thing of beauty as well. Not only that he's gotten progressively better over the course of the season. He may have a bad game or two, but 11 straight games of 20 plus, and 3 straight of 30 plus seems to indicate that he can play extremely well over the course of the season. Seems like we got lucky and signed a talented experienced big man at the height of his prime to me. As long as he continues to get in shape and doesn't get re-injured the Bobcats can beat anyone on any given night.
This team is definitely on the rise because it's not just Al. There are good players and depth throughout the roster and we may end up with a winning season. Gerald Henderson is quietly having his best year as a pro, and Sessions does a great job running the point. We might not win a playoff series but I expect to see a playoff win this year which is a good step for this franchise.
Traditionally in the past the Cats have started strong early in the year and then have faded as the grind of the season takes it toll. This year they're improving through the course of the year, and team chemistry seems to only be getting better and better. Not to mention this team is in phenomenal shape. Everyone gets back.
Of course there are some flaws. Not being able to guard top NBA wingers/small forwards with consistency, and while we have good post defenders no one can step up and score from the block in Big Al's absence. Which boils down to MKG just needing to get stronger, and needing to find one more low post offensive threat.
With teams cap and draft situation in the future the sky truly is the limit whether we have 3 draft picks or two.