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ZB1224

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In Topic: How Hornets matchup against Top Teams in East

19 July 2014 - 02:21 PM

I'm not sure why Kemba vs Kyrie is even being debated. I haven't read all the pages of posts, but I figured I'd offer my input. 

 

Kemba is a solid young PG and we are blessed to have him. Anyone who says otherwise is lost. However if you think that Kemba is better or even on par with Kyrie then I just don't know what to tell you. Kyrie is the better finisher, has the better mid range shot, better 3pt shot, better handles (although it's somewhat close), is bigger and just the better pure scorer. Kemba is about equal with him when it comes to passing ability in my opinion and has better intangibles. Kemba also has a tendency to stay healthy while Kyrie get injured a decent amount (except last season where he was relatively healthy). 

 

I'm just not sure what there is to debate. Kyrie had his worst year as a pro probably and it's still better than Kemba's best year as a pro (2012-2013). Kyrie shot 43% this season (his worst), while Kemba shot 39% this season (his best was 42% in 2012-2013). Their assists are a wash, but both have plenty of room to improve. Kyrie has never had much talent around him, but neither has Kemba, other than Big Al, and honestly Big Al doesn't get you assists. Kyrie is a bigger and better version of Kemba. Their shot selection is very similar but Kyrie is more efficient everywhere on the court. 

 

Kemba is one of my 5 favorite players in the NBA, but Kyrie is definitely a tick above him right now.


In Topic: Let Kemba walk

30 April 2014 - 05:47 PM

Gay only really struggled in Toronto. The rest of his career he has been an 18-20 ppg scorer at 45% from the field. One big reason why he struggled in Toronto is because he had the green-light to shoot as much as he wants and was forced to shoot that much. In Charlotte with Big Al, Kemba, and possibly Afflalo he would not get more than 15 shots a game or so. I could even get on board with Deng, but he's not at Rudy Gay's level offensively and defensively he isn't that much better too (Rudy can be a very solid defensive player). We just can't go into the season with Big Al and Kemba being our primary options again. Even if we added Afflalo I just don't see him as anything more than Kemba (a #3 option at best).


In Topic: Let Kemba walk

29 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

I'm a big Kemba fan, but he is not a 2nd option on a contender. 

 

He is a volume scorer and not very consistent. Granted he can look like a legit #2 option at times, but far too often he looks like a guy shouldering too much of the load. I mean he shot 39% from the field and 33% from three. His numbers were a bit down from last season when you look at efficiency. His defense was definitely improved this season despite going from 2 spg last season to 1.2 spg this season. The best thing that could happen for Kemba is to get a legit #2 scoring option and a SF/SG that can stretch the floor (although I love MKG) or get a couple of #3 scoring options like a Rudy Gay and an Arron Afflalo. Couple that in with Cody Zeller developing into a good pick and roll option for Kemba and we have ourselves a team. Obviously I don't know how viable this whole scenario is though.

 

Kemba

Afflalo

Gay

Zeller

Big Al


In Topic: Bringing up the most heated debate in Basketball..

19 April 2014 - 11:08 AM

I'll be honest here. I have NEVER seen anyone rank Hakeem outside the top-10. I don't think the "won more" argument is a valid one when all the players in question have multiple titles. Hakeem absolutely dominated both ends of the floor. He's the only player to rank top-10 in both career blocks and steals! And when you take into account the competition Hakeem faced and the fact that he embarrassed them all at one point... He was a monster and a freak of nature! There is a reason both Kobe and LeBron have trained with Hakeem.

 

I am not trying to be mean.You are entilted to your opinion. But I do not think it's rational to have Hakeem outside the top-10 under any circumstance.

 

That's odd, because I honestly rarely see Hakeem inside the top 10... not that he doesn't belong in the top 10, because you can certainly make that argument. He was a monster.

 

http://msn.foxsports...-in-NBA-history

http://www.basketbal...0_greatest.html

http://hoopsmanifest...f-all-time.html

 

Just a few examples from the 1st page or so of google. 


In Topic: Bringing up the most heated debate in Basketball..

18 April 2014 - 02:13 PM

A top-10 list without Olajuwon? I'd rank Hakeem above Shaq, Duncan, Kobe and LeBron.
 

 

Hakeem is definitely way up there (top 15 at absolute worst). I couldn't take Hakeem above any of those guys though. Shaq was more dominant and won more, Duncan won more and had very similar stats, Kobe has won more and we all know what he has been able to do statistically, and finally LeBron has top 5 stats of all time and is working on winning his 3rd championship. I definitely wouldn't argue with Hakeem being 11th or 12th though.


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