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Is Kemba Walker the BEST guard in Charlotte pro basketball history?


So, I was thinking today, as I re-watched his two big shots again for the millionth time, that Kemba, even if he never scores another point as a Hornet, will go down in history as one of the best to every play in Charlotte. Not statistically by any means, but those two shots? Those are going to be legendary "I was there when" moments in sports history. Just flat out.

But, realistically, Kemba's gonna keep going. Let's just imagine that Kemba stays fairly healthy and for the next five years (barring a trade) he's here with the Hornets. Let's also say that he continues to average around 17-18 PPG, 6-7 APG, and around 4 RPG. And let's even maybe give him a little bump in FG% and say he becomes, and remains around a 40.5-41% shooter.

Considering the guards we've had here in Charlotte...specifically, obviously, Muggsy and Dell, do you think if he achieves those kinds of numbers, that he becomes the best guard in Charlotte history? Does his late-game heroics, clutch shooting, ankle-breaking footwork and handles, and his vocal leadership along with his desire to play out his career here and his ability to recruit players, make him the best guard we've ever had in Charlotte?

As far as I'm concerned, that title is currently split by Muggsy and Dell. Muggsy for being the spark plug and the great passer he was, and Dell for his flat-out unstoppable shooting, and both of them for their lengthy tenures as Hornets.

Do you think that Kemba can exceed them in the history books and in the hearts and minds of Charlotte fans of new and old? Maybe even, if he stays here longer than some of our other core guys, could he end up being the best Charlotte basketball player ever?

I'm just curious about it. I know it's 100% conjecture, so if you that's what you think, just say so, don't lecture me. I know that. I haven't even made my own prediction yet. I'm just curious what you guys think from a passion and probably somewhat biased perspective. Muggsy and Dell are, and always will be extremely well-loved and revered players here in Charlotte, so Kemba has some serious hurtles to leap over.

But, honestly, I think when a wide swath of fans from the old days, the guys who never watched a single Bobcats game, and for those of you like me, who saw the end of the Hornets and the birth of the Bobcats/vice versa, Kemba really became a city-wide hero. Like I said, those two shots he made were the types of plays that will forever be talked about in Charlotte basketball. He was a hero that night, and he'll do it again. He'll hit many more buzzer-beaters and game-winners. Hopefully a couple in the playoffs.

But for me, the extension for Kemba that keeps him here until he's 29, and would keep him here at least eight years (again, barring a trade), I think he's well-prepared to take over the proverbial throne of best guard in Charlotte history.

Just curious what you guys think. Don't be crazy critical or anything. I know the stats and stuff, and I know there are about a billion ways for these types of things to pan out, but just knee-jerk reactions, what do your guts tell you?


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    BrotherDave
    Oct 31 2014 07:54 PM

    Baron Davis is the best guard in Charlotte history.  Dell Curry might make top 10, maybe.  He's like the John Kasay of Hornets.

     

    Kemba's easily the best (point) guard in Bobcats history though.  Take that, Brevin Knight.

    I was a BIG Baron Davis fan...but I'm and even BIGGER Kemba homer.

    In my opinion it's extremely close between Kemba and Baron Davis.

     

    Baron's athleticism was incredible. He was almost like a version 1.0 of Russell Westbrook.

    But DAMN Kemba's clutch-ocity is off the charts.

     

    I'm slightly leaning towards B-Diddy, but it wouldn't take much to change my mind.

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    Scottley Crue
    Nov 01 2014 09:28 AM
    I'm with you, ziggy. It's so close between Baron & Kemba for me too. I also lean towards Baron, but Kemba's not far from making me change that vote. I'm just glad we've been able to have them both in Charlotte.

    I'm too much of a BD homer to go at this objectively.  I mean, I made the dude crack up before and he inspired my beard and he's a fellow '79er.

     

    In the here and now, I'm just glad we have Kemba as our PG and will have him here for the next 5 years at least at great value.

    In my opinion it's extremely close between Kemba and Baron Davis.

     

    Baron's athleticism was incredible. He was almost like a version 1.0 of Russell Westbrook.

    But DAMN Kemba's clutch-ocity is off the charts.

     

    I'm slightly leaning towards B-Diddy, but it wouldn't take much to change my mind.

     

     

    +1 for Russell Westbrook 1.0   as apt a description one could make I think.   He was such a bad ass.

     

    I think they are very similar personality wise.  but thats about it.   They both want the city on their back and have strong enough shoulders to hold it.  Few players are like that and even fewer can follow through. 

     

    I think play wise, Boom Dizzle was closer to Lance than Kemba.

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    BrotherDave
    Nov 02 2014 12:25 PM

    Prime Baron Davis was a top 3 PG, at least.  Kemba's prime might just be top 10 PG at most.  

    Prime Baron Davis was a top 3 PG, at least. Kemba's prime might just be top 10 PG at most.


    Not sure we've seen Kemba at his prime yet to know the ceiling. Perhaps we have and he's there but I find that unlikely.
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    BrotherDave
    Nov 03 2014 01:33 PM

    Not sure we've seen Kemba at his prime yet to know the ceiling. Perhaps we have and he's there but I find that unlikely.

    True but his career aligns with a lot of great PGs in the game right now.  CP3, Rondo, Parker, Lowry, Curry, Lillard, Dragic, the list goes on.  I think it's pretty safe to say that Baron was a lot more peerless in his prime whereas Kemba is going to have stiff competition for a long time.





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