Rick Kamla - Raptors should pick Kemba Walker
Old 06-19-2011, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll watch this when I get home, but I couldn't agree more! Can't wait for draft night.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Interesting. Steve Smith thinks Kemba will be better than Knight and Irving. Greg Anthony seems to agree, labeling Kemba, by far, the best defensive point in the draft.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow, what a great review...


Hopefully no other teams see this.


Two new guys on our team with a championship? And also have defensive minds? errr... I'm down.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have an odd feeling that he will either be picked earlier in the draft or that we won't pick him if he's available.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not sure what they are raving on about. He might be beter than Irving and Knight right now (bacause he won and they didn't and he's older), but not in two years
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:13 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I love, LOVE what Greg Anthony had to say about Kemba, and that's what I've been saying for months. I'm praying he's a Raptor at the end of the week!
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have an odd feeling that he will either be picked earlier in the draft or that we won't pick him if he's available.
If he's picked earlier then chances are we'd have a shot at Knight which is fine with me. But I have a very bad feeling we'll end up with Valanciunas or Vesely.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow they are saying hes the best PG in the draft and best PG at defense.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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personally i'm not keen on kemba. I don't like shoot first PGs, although his good D would certainly be a bonus. My ideal PG is jose calderon, but getting the numbers jose should be getting. I agree with the few others on here who say that jose's time is just up here and he needs a fresh challenge.

i understand knight is more of the all-round PG with a supposedly better upside than walker?

to be honest although i said i don't like shoot first PGs i think we can't be fussy, we should let bayless play that role hoping he will get points, and think about strengthening more urgent areas.

maybe judge how desperate other teams are for certain players and trade down on our pick (for something good!) and then take a chance on an "intangible" from the draft.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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personally i'm not keen on kemba. I don't like shoot first PGs, although his good D would certainly be a bonus. My ideal PG is jose calderon, but getting the numbers jose should be getting. I agree with the few others on here who say that jose's time is just up here and he needs a fresh challenge.

i understand knight is more of the all-round PG with a supposedly better upside than walker?

to be honest although i said i don't like shoot first PGs i think we can't be fussy, we should let bayless play that role hoping he will get points, and think about strengthening more urgent areas.

maybe judge how desperate other teams are for certain players and trade down on our pick (for something good!) and then take a chance on an "intangible" from the draft.
Wow I am sick when people say they don't like shoot first PG's. Just face it, the league is driven by combo guards.. plus getting a guy like Jose wouldn't help otherwise we would just keep Jose. Knight is not more of an all-round PG, he is in fact a shoot first PG. smh
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:17 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I love Kemba Walker. He's got the total package. He's got the crazy handle, explosive speed, and has the 37'5 inch vertical. My only concern, he got short arms (ala Bayless) which negates some of his physical attributes. Another concern was his workout with Utah. Utah brought in Freddete & Malcolm Lee (big point guard) with good defense skills. Apparently, Jimmer did well but Walker struggled in the workout. Maybe Walker does not flourish in the one on one scenarios, but his games translates well on 5 on 5.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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At the risk of this being repeated a little too much - he was a pass first pg because he needed to be. He does what he needs to do to win. And that could be a great attribute as he grows with a Raptors team.

And I think Kemba and Bayless could play together in the backcourt some.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:36 AM   #14 (permalink)
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All I know is that during the tournament all the analysts were raving about Walker. Barkley said he was the best PG in the NCAA a few times. I trust these guys, former players who know the score. If Toronto wants a PG they are in great shape really, Walker, Irving, and Knight are al pretty good. THAT is why I picked Kanter first in our Mock draft for Clevelend.... I knew there would be, without a doubt, a good PG left at the 4 spot, I took the best big at 1.

Toronto will get a decent play in this draft, but I thin too much is being worried about here..... Toronto's biggest issue is getting the guys they have already to play to their potential.
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My ideal PG is jose calderon
you had me right up until i read this
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Toronto will get a decent play in this draft, but I thin too much is being worried about here..... Toronto's biggest issue is getting the guys they have already to play to their potential.
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i'm not surprised Walker didnt fare well in the one on one portion of the Jazz workouts... you cant get an idea of foot speed and quickness playing in a half court set.
let him play full court where he has the space and the open court to show his speed and then you'll see where he excels.
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shoot-first and combo guard labels are given out way too easy. if my point guard is taking 50 smart shots a game, then he should take 50 shots a game. people need to think less about assist and shot totals and more about the flow of the game and how their decisions are effected by it.
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shoot-first and combo guard labels are given out way too easy. if my point guard is taking 50 smart shots a game, then he should take 50 shots a game. people need to think less about assist and shot totals and more about the flow of the game and how their decisions are effected by it.
I agree, pass first PG's are overated. Jose is a pass first Pg and where has that got us? I'd much rather have a PG who's a good shooter that actually has the balls to ya know.......actually shoot. Now I'm not saying I want a PG to not be a facilitator, but a PG can do both.If you have a good shooting PG that constantly defers to a player like say Bargnani and doesn't use one of his biggest strengths it won't do this team any good.

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I agree, pass first PG's are overated. Jose is a pass first Pg and where has that got us? I'd much rather have a PG who's a good shooter that actually has the balls to ya know.......actually shoot. Now I'm not saying I want a PG to not be a facilitator, but a PG can do both.If you have a good shooting PG that constantly defers to a player like say Bargnani and doesn't use one of his biggest strengths it won't do this team any good.
but Kemba isnt a very good shooter, and doesnt have NBA three range either.
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