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I think I might have been one of the most vocal huddlers on here when it came to MKG..

he was drafted way too high
lacks any semblance of a reliable jump shot,
never scored more than 25 points in a game and has only done that 2x in his career,
he also isn't a creator for others - as you can see by his career average - 1.2 assist per game

He is the definition of a "reach" in the NBA draft.. Most on here touted his defensive ability - and I reluctantly agreed for awhile - but after some time I was ready to ship him out of town for anything we could get in return.. I thought Clifford was too old-school-minded and kept him in the starting rotation because of his stubbornness (ding-ding).. I think I was right in that facet - but I was really wrong on his overall value.. I was fully on board to dump him for peanuts until the beginning of the season when Borrego had him coming off the bench at PF!?! and he provided good/great minutes.. I honestly didn't see that coming.. I still thought his contract was gawd-awful but wanted to see how long he could keep it up..

When MKG got the injured ankle, I thought - Great! - more minute for Miles, Monk & Bacon.. but in his absence - our top scoring bench has completely fallen off and our second unit has been in turmoil.. Borrego was trying a sh*t-ton of options that had us dropping games to the Cavs and Hawks!?.. MKG's first night back - against the #1 seed in the East and we jump out to a 25pt lead!?!?

I'm not breaking any news really - we all knew he had great hustle and defense ability - I just didn't think it was that 'Key' to our team.. i thought it was over-hyped, over-value and basically excuse-making for MKG.. well, I was wrong.. MKG's game is huge for our team and keeping it :100_Emoji_42x42: - his contract ain't half-bad.. oh, believe me - it still stinks but it ain't a major problem when comparing to others.. this dude brings more motor/hustle than anyone on the roster AND it will NEVER dip because he is upset that he isn't a "NBA starter"..

I gotta say.. MKG kinda back to being my guy now..

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He has been great for us off the bench at PF. He makes up for a lot of defensive liabilities that we have on the team. 

He's also taking and making some corner 3s!!

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Who knew the league would evolve to the point MKG could get serious minutes as a small ball 5?  It seems to suit him though. 

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4 hours ago, tondi said:

Who knew the league would evolve to the point MKG could get serious minutes as a small ball 5?  It seems to suit him though. 

I wouldn't call any of this poo in this NBA as "evolution" but yeah. Other than that, you're right. 

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His niche is coming off the bench, where before he was forced to start. This is the perfect spot for him. Still getting quality minutes, makes an impact and has embraced the role

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When is his contract up?  What do you think will happen with him when that day comes?  Do you see him signing a better deal to play elsewhere?  I just don't see us offering him a big payday when that time comes.

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He has a year left and then a player option for next year - which he will certainly opt into @ $13 million. 

Yeah.. but he's not getting a huge payday after that anywhere.. he seems like a dude that would reup if Kemba is still here for a reasonable deal.. like half of what he's getting now for 2 years..

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Strangely for all his misgivings as a player, hes the heart and soul of this team and has been for ever. Look at the teams record with him and with out him since he was drafted. its literally insane at the difference. 

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1 hour ago, Mr. Nuts said:

MKG SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! 

23 mins = 5/6 FG = 83% + 1 3pt FG.. he is also posting a 17.9 PER off the bench at a new position this year.. MKG is hardly the problem on this team right now.. not even top 5..

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1 hour ago, bLACKpANTHER said:

 MKG is hardly the problem on this team right now.. not even top 5..

YES HE IS!!! HE’S THE REASON WHY WE ARE 3-5 YEARS BACK. TAKING A BUST AT #2 TO JUST BECOME A DECENT ROLE PLAYER OFF THE BENCH? CMON BRO. AND NOW MJ WANNA THROW EVERYTHING AT BRADLEY BEAL. 

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2 hours ago, Mr. Nuts said:

MKG SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! 

That's completely incorrect on so many levels. 

 

The Hornets with out MKG over his career is negative team defensively and net and around 15 games under .500 record wise. With MKG on the floor the team is positive net and defensively with a record around 10 games over .500. That's literally the difference between the Hornets being a 45-50 win team compared to them being a 25-30 win team. 

 

Also this season the team is positive 20 with Mkg playing the 5 and positive with him playing with the starters. Also the difference with him with the 2nd unit compared to them with out him is also a pretty damn stark difference as well. 

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To add to the above, 

 

he leads the team in block rate, offensive rebound rate. is the teams best rim protector and rebounder on top of being the teams best defender with the ability to guard 1-5's. His block rate and Offensive rebound rate are best among all non pf and centers in the NBA. 

 

Hornets best lineup is crazily 

 

5-MKG

4-Williams/Bridges

3- Batum

2-Lamb

1-Kemba

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4 hours ago, carpanfan96 said:

That's completely incorrect on so many levels. 

 

The Hornets with out MKG over his career is negative team defensively and net and around 15 games under .500 record wise. With MKG on the floor the team is positive net and defensively with a record around 10 games over .500. That's literally the difference between the Hornets being a 45-50 win team compared to them being a 25-30 win team. 

 

Also this season the team is positive 20 with Mkg playing the 5 and positive with him playing with the starters. Also the difference with him with the 2nd unit compared to them with out him is also a pretty damn stark difference as well. 

 

4 hours ago, carpanfan96 said:

To add to the above, 

 

he leads the team in block rate, offensive rebound rate. is the teams best rim protector and rebounder on top of being the teams best defender with the ability to guard 1-5's. His block rate and Offensive rebound rate are best among all non pf and centers in the NBA. 

 

Hornets best lineup is crazily 

 

5-MKG

4-Williams/Bridges

3- Batum

2-Lamb

1-Kemba

Great. Still not what a #2 pick should be

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saying MKG sucks and he's not worth the 2nd overall are 2 different statements that have 0 connection..

if you came in here screaming in all caps - "MKG wasn't worth the 2nd overall pick!!" - everyone on earth and outer space would agree with you.. but just to walk into a room screaming "MKG sucks!!" - you sound like a 8th graded that's mad because they don't like their science teacher..

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