Skip to main content

The Kemba Conundrum

 

Boston, we have a problem.

As many know, the sequel to the greatest basketball movie ever made - Space Jam - is set to release this coming summer. As any film aficionado knows, the premise of the first movie involves a group of aliens who steal the talents of NBA stars such as Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing in order to beat the Looney Tunes in a game of basketball.

With the second film imminent, it seems likely that the Monstars are on the hunt for talent again, and they may have already gotten to Kemba Walker.

All joking aside, Kemba's performance of late has been concerning at best, and catastrophic at worst. And, even if Lebron is able to save the day and return his powers, I'm not convinced how much help he'd offer the Cs anyways.

To be effective, Kemba needs to have the ball in his hands. While he competes defensively, his size will always make him a liability on that end. Likewise, he is not a maestro floor general like Chris Paul or Steve Nash, so looking for buckets is his main value. 

Obviously, Walker hasn't looked good in his return from his chronic knee issues. He is struggling to get separation, and lacks the explosion and lift that made him such a dynamic player in the past. If this is the Kemba that we're going to get from now on, he will have to drastically change his game to even stay on an NBA roster. 

I doubt that Kemba will be a 30% shooter for the rest of his career, however. Yet, even if he were to regain his All-Star form from last year, where does that leave the green? It's quite obvious at this point that Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are the present and future of this roster, and everything this team does should revolve around them. Unless Kemba is actively looking to average 10 APG feeding the Jays, any possession run through him is a wasted one. The more reps that Brown and Tatum - and, to a lesser extent, guys like Marcus Smart and Payton Pritchard - get to run the offense the better, as all of those players have plenty of room to grow as scorers and facilitators. Taking those away to try and wring some value out of Kemba's max contract does nothing to improve the title chances of this team in the short or long term.

So what is there to do? Walker's trade value at the moment is approximately two paper clips and a peanut butter sandwich, so there's really nothing to be done there. Likewise, moving him to the bench brings a whole other host of problems. Turning your All-Star, 30 million dollars a year PG into a glorified (and possibly not as good) Lou Williams would be a nightmare for all parties involved, so that seems unlikely as well. And, even if he shakes the rust off and starts playing at a high level, is that any better? Every play for a 30 year old Kemba is one less for the young, developing pieces of the roster. Even if it wins a few more games in the short term, nobody can argue that that would be helpful to the long-term chances of this squad.

Kemba has, at this point, become an issue for the Celtics. And it's up to Danny and Brad to find a solution - sooner rather than later. 


Photo Credit

Comments

  1. I love Kemba Walker. His smile is infectious. When at his best he can absolutely be a difference maker. However it may not be a big enough difference to warrant starters minutes anymore. Kemba’s value has always been his non-reluctance to shoot the three. He can get a lot of points very quickly. With Pritchard on this team it no longer justifies playing Kemba starters minutes. PP shoots the three at higher percentage, turns the ball over less, and is a better defender. As much as it pains me to say this, Kemba either needs to accept a 6th man role or be open to a trade. Whatever he chooses I will always root for him.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true-and-suspenseful horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - as told by the cops that were there By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.) and Off. Steven Bezanson (Ret.) Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating- Photo: YouTube   Elm Street  surfaces on four occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts 2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) He was arrested and transported to Massachusetts State Police Barracks on Elm Street in Concord . 3.) He was  tried, convicted   and sentenced for the murders at  Superior Court , corner of  Elm Stree t and Gorham Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the stage is often set for true horror. Such was the case with triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante . As a 16-year old , he quickly transitioned from: Minor thefts and breaking into homes To: Taunting and threatening a father and

Sign the Petition! Let's honor Tommy Heinsohn

  No longtime Celtics fan can watch games this year without a somewhat heavy heart. For the last 50 plus years, we have been blessed as a franchise to have Tommy Heinsohn, Mr. Celtic himself, as a part of the organization. Whether it be as a player, coach, or commentator, Tommy has been an instrumental figure for the green, and his presence is missed on every broadcast. Nobody embodied what it meant to be a Celtic more than Tommy, and I know I miss his energy and ferocity every time Scal claims the refs "made the right call" against the Cs. While Tommy obviously belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Celtics, he is often overlooked in his place among the greats of NBA history. Looking back upon his life, one would be hard pressed to find someone with a bigger impact on NBA basketball than Mr. Celtic. For those who are unfamiliar, let's do a quick review. Tommy is one of 2 people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach (the other being the indomitable Len

Using trade exception to acquire Aaron Gordon needs consideration

The Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon was taken fourth-overall in the 2014 NBA draft, two spots before Boston picked Marcus Smart at #6. I felt at the time that Danny Ainge would have taken Gordon with the sixth pick if the 6'8" power forward was still on the board. Well now, with a $28.5 million trade exception in his hands, it may be time to consider adding the super-athletic wing. Here's why: Brad Stevens feels you can't have enough mid-sized wings Brad Stevens does not favor the "little guys" because they often get mis-matched on defense by taller opponents. He also is not fond of the old-school, big centers. In his mind, they just can't be effective on his switching, perimeter defensive strategies. Gordon's salary fits the trade exception Aaron is set to earn $18.1 million this season and $16.4 million in the 2021-22 season. His salary was front-loaded, and that relatively-low $16.1 million figure kicks in when Jayson Tatum's max contract goes