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Kemba - How Realistic?

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  • #61
    Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
    Really not seeing the hype around him beyond scoring more points and will be a hell of a lot more expensive....

    https://herosports.com/nba/player-co...s-kemba-walker

    If we're going to chase down a new PG, I rather it be a PG who's at or above 6'3" with some long arms to play in the passing lanes.
    Here is all the hype explained to you....

    Clutch points per game for 2018 -2019 regular season. These are the top 5 players...

    Victor Oladipo - 5.1 - granted he benefits from only have 15 game situations while all the others have like 32+.
    Jame Harden - 4.9
    Kawhii Lenoard - 4.7
    Kemba Walker - 4.5
    Kyrie Iring - 4.3
    Steph Curry - 3.9

    So the guy who just demolished the Pacers in 4 games is at the end of that list. That's why Kemba is worth 30 million dollars a year. Every player on that list is extremely clutch.
    Just for giggles. Devin Booker who qualifies as putting up amazing stats on a bad team is at 3.8 just behind Curry.
    You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by graphic-er View Post

      Here is all the hype explained to you....

      Clutch points per game for 2018 -2019 regular season. These are the top 5 players...

      Victor Oladipo - 5.1 - granted he benefits from only have 15 game situations while all the others have like 32+.
      Jame Harden - 4.9
      Kawhii Lenoard - 4.7
      Kemba Walker - 4.5
      Kyrie Iring - 4.3
      Steph Curry - 3.9

      So the guy who just demolished the Pacers in 4 games is at the end of that list. That's why Kemba is worth 30 million dollars a year. Every player on that list is extremely clutch.
      Just for giggles. Devin Booker who qualifies as putting up amazing stats on a bad team is at 3.8 just behind Curry.
      But we got the number one clutch player though. It's one thing if we had no clutch player on the team, but we have the number 1 clutch player in the league. Does the team really need a second one when the number #1 is surrounded by 3 capable 3PT shooters in Collison, Bojan, and Turner?


      Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?

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      • #63
        Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
        But we got the number one clutch player though. It's one thing if we had no clutch player on the team, but we have the number 1 clutch player in the league. Does the team really need a second one when the number #1 is surrounded by 3 capable 3PT shooters in Collison, Bojan, and Turner?
        yeah we need another one, because the guy that just demolished us also has a Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown. In other words go get Victor a true running mate who has talent that can match his own. When you pair great players with other great players you get more greatness.
        You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by naptownmenace View Post

          I canít. Can you name one theyíve signed that was actually in their prime and not coming off an injury or surgery?
          Stuckey was 28
          Tyreke was 29
          Monta was 30

          Kemba will be 29 in two weeks

          Is my concern starting to become a little more clear?

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          • #65
            Originally posted by kent beckley View Post

            Stuckey was 28
            Tyreke was 29
            Monta was 30

            Kemba will be 29 in two weeks

            Is my concern starting to become a little more clear?
            Well to be fair a Nobody in the leauge is eligible for these 30 million a year deals until they have been in the league 8 years if they are a 1st round pick. The guys you mention were never a max player. Very few players in the league on their 2nd max deal and still in their mid 20's. Paul George is the only one off the top of my head.
            Last edited by graphic-er; 04-23-2019, 03:50 PM.
            You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by graphic-er View Post

              yeah we need another one, because the guy that just demolished us also has a Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown. In other words go get Victor a true running mate who has talent that can match his own. When you pair great players with other great players you get more greatness.
              I don't think Kemba is that "great" player we need. I don't like the idea of two ball dominant guards in the backcourt, and I definitely don't like the idea of one player deferring to the other unless you consider VO to be a true SG. Hayward, Horford, Tatum, and Brown defer to Irving, because he's a great player. McCollum defers to Lillard. Beal defers to Wall. Thompson defers to Curry.

              I'm sorry....this VO's team and Walker should be deferring to him. Given that their skill sets are similar, I don't see that happening. IMHO, to make the most of VO's prime, we should be looking for an impact SG with the thought of possibly moving VO to the PG spot, or an impact PF with a bigger PG.


              Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?

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              • #67
                Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
                Really not seeing the hype around him beyond scoring more points and will be a hell of a lot more expensive....

                https://herosports.com/nba/player-co...s-kemba-walker

                If we're going to chase down a new PG, I rather it be a PG who's at or above 6'3" with some long arms to play in the passing lanes.
                That's the "Catch-22" that we are in. We need another star to put along side of Victor but the only star that we have a shot at is 6'1" Kemba which give us a small back court, especially if 6'1" Holiday is our 3rd guard.

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by sav View Post

                  That's the "Catch-22" that we are in. We need another star to put along side of Victor but the only star that we have a shot at is 6'1" Kemba which give us a small back court, especially if 6'1" Holiday is our 3rd guard.
                  That's not the catch-22. Where is it written that Kemba HAS to be that star?


                  Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
                    That's not the catch-22. Where is it written that Kemba HAS to be that star?
                    What other established star do you think we could get?

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by sav View Post

                      What other established star do you think we could get?
                      Tobias Harris is one they could target. They don't have to get a star via Free Agency, though. They could get one through an uneven trade if they're under the cap. Bradley Beal, Mike Conley, and Anthony Davis are all players that need a change of scenery.

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by naptownmenace View Post

                        Tobias Harris is one they could target. They don't have to get a star via Free Agency, though. They could get one through an uneven trade if they're under the cap. Bradley Beal, Mike Conley, and Anthony Davis are all players that need a change of scenery.
                        The problem with going after a proven star via trade is that we'd have to give up an important piece or two of our existing young core and probably draft picks to even have a shot at it. That star's going to cost just as much and might also bolt at the first opportunity.

                        If you're going to try to improve via trades, you have to go after guys who still need to "prove" themselves and hopefully not give up too much in the process.

                        This summer ia going to be one hell of a difficult thing to navigate for the front office.

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                        • #72
                          No realistic at all, itís also a bad idea.
                          @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by naptownmenace View Post

                            Tobias Harris is one they could target. They don't have to get a star via Free Agency, though. They could get one through an uneven trade if they're under the cap. Bradley Beal, Mike Conley, and Anthony Davis are all players that need a change of scenery.
                            Conley is an aging, undersized, high priced guard. I would not want to use our assets to get him.

                            Anthony Davis would be a 1 year rental and we would have to give up virtually all of our assets. Remember Boston has offered guys like Tatum, Brown, multiple 1st round picks. We canít match that. I would love to get Beal but I donít see Washington trading him. Since they moved Porter at the trade deadline, they are not as desperate for cap space. When we start hearing legitimate rumors that Washington is interested in trading Beal, then Iíll believe we have a shot at someone besides Kemba.

                            I doubt that Philadelphia will let Harris go, they would probably let Butler go first.

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                            • #74
                              Kemba is a spectacular individual talent, but he's small and expensive. Also, his type of style has never won a title in the NBA. It would be a waste of time and money unless the target is playoffs one and done. Maybe we will get him.
                              Vnzla81: Yep pretty much, they cut him because they were going to get "their guy" they couldn't get option 1,2,3,4,5 then they went to Lance he said "no thanks" and they had no other choice but to get Lance 2.0 for three times the cost.

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by sav View Post

                                I doubt that Philadelphia will let Harris go, they would probably let Butler go first.
                                Philly doesnít have the option, they are both unrestricted free agents, both of them can leave if they want.

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