I've done said it many times. KEMBA has not look like the long term answer at this point of his career. He's a two guard with no passing skills and control of the game. And that's the two most important phases of a PG game. Fans will be fans and they will be homers all they can. Kemba is a great kid and one of my all time favorite college player, but we need upgrade.
Give me Marcus Smart!
1) Kemba is much better than he appears at passing. You can see in games like tonight that when guys are willing to shoot or finish on a drive, he can get plenty of assists. At the moment, Josh McRoberts and MKG (slightly) are the only two guys who will catch and shoot. Jefferson did it some the other night and Hendo and Taylor did it a little tonight (10 assists for Kemba). Our team is full of ball-stoppers. Jefferson, Hendo, McRoberts, and Sessions want the ball in their hands, wait for the clearout, then go 1-on-1. There aren't many assists to be had in those situations. If/when we add more guys that can catch and shoot, then Kemba will get more assists.
2) Marcus Smart is the number 2 guy on my "big board" behind Joel Embiid. However, if you don't like Kemba's passing, you won't like Marcus Smart's passing. Smart is a VERY similar passer to Kemba. He makes flashy passes off of his drives. He gets assists at OKST because he has Le'Bryan Nash, Markel Brown, and Michael Cobbins to finish at the rim (all athletic, energy guys who excel in college) and Phil Forte to spot-up from 3. He won't have the same caliber of finishers or spot-up shooters here. If he comes to Charlotte, he will be a bigger, better version of Ramon Sessions (iso player, streaky shooter, gets to the line) with defense.