I don't understand why everyone is getting so worked up about rumors. Since Cho has been here the Cats have:
Traded SJack, Livingston, and Tobias Harris for Maggette and Biyombo
Traded Matt Carroll for Hakim Warrick
Traded Hakim Warrick for Josh McRoberts
Traded Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon and likely 2014 pick
Signed Al Jefferson
As far as the rumors go, none of these trades or the Al Jefferson signing were rumored about before they happened (the Biyombo trade was agreed upon before it happened but not in a rumor before then). The front office has been linked to a TON of trade scenarios, NONE of which have happened. This is including the 30 times we've heard that MKG was on his way out, only to return and become a cornerstone of the team. Not to mention that the Mike Dunlap hire and the Steve Clifford hire both came seemingly out of nowhere. This front office is tight-lipped. Nothing gets out. So I don't read into anything that the media feeds us.
As far as everyone concerned about making a bad trade, you could easily argue that we won every single one of those trades. The first, and largest, trade could be considered a push but I would say that we came out on the better end of the deal as Cho essentially traded an aging SJack, Livingston, and Tobias Harris for Biyombo, Ben Gordon, and a likely late lottery pick in the upcoming draft. He also turned Matt Carroll into Josh McRoberts. I'm not worried at all about getting "hosed" by another team.
I believe in the end, our pick will be in the 7-10 range and we'll keep it. Sessions may be traded and, as much as I don't like him, our offense is going to miss him a lot.
The way I look at it is, if we lose a ton, then what has the past 3 years been for? Obviously, we aren't doing anything right. However, by winning, it shows that Cho and co have been doing some good things. We have gone from being the worst team in the history of the NBA to our fans complaining that we are winning too much in a span of 2 years. To me, that shows progress and I am happy with how this team is shaping up.
Just sit back and enjoy the show. This is the best situation. When we win, enjoy it. When we lose, it doesn't matter.
Kemba had a 5 game slump after Metta Ron Artest destroyed Kemba's shoulder. Outside of those 5 games, Kemba has shot 44% from the field and 34% from 3. Keep in mind that he is the guy that ends up with the ball in his hands late in the shot clock and at the end of the quarters. He shoots around 2 of those a game or more with the shot/game clock on his back. Obviously, those would bring his numbers down a tad.
He also has about 3-4 passes per game that sets a teammate up in their "sweet spot" with a wide open shot, only to be clanked.
I see Kemba more of a Tony Parker than a Jason Terry/Nate Robinson. In Parker's first 7 seasons, his highest numbers were 18.9 points and 6.1 assists (not in the same year). Kemba, in his 2nd year, went 17.7 points and 5.7 assists, basically average Parker numbers for the first several years in the league. He did all this with a rookie MKG, Byron Mullens, and Bismack Biyombo as his starting 3-4-5.
Kemba is far and away the leader of this team. He puts the scoring load on his back when he needs to and is as clutch as anyone that's ever played in Charlotte. I fully believe he is the long term answer at PG.
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Sigh. Please give up this narrative. Barnes is not a better player than MKG. MKG outplayed Barnes both times they played last year. Barnes is a role player who was put in the perfect position for him. MKG...not so much.
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.