Enes Kanter on getting a recruiting call from Kemba: “He didn’t call me from his phone, he called me from Danny’s (Ainge) phone. I picked up and there was this deep voice.” #Celtics
His question? "Hey Kemba, how much are you gonna pass me the ball?"Enes Kanter hops into the media scrum with a super important question
Like Ainge mentioned in the press release, Stevens brings up Kanter's potential as a 3-point shooter. Sounds like they're going to try to get him out there.
His form in the video he posted on Twitter looked quite compact and repeatable. That, combined with his FT% and career 37%ish from deep 2 make make me pretty optimistic he can extend his range.
Kemba’s past teammates can confirm this to be the accurate and honest response.
His question? "Hey Kemba, how much are you gonna pass me the ball?"
Name a single player who performed better with Kemba as his PG then they did elsewhere? You can go back to UConn where Jeremy Lamb criminally got off 9 FGA/g. Are you implying that Kemba is a passable distributor?The one Kemba’s teammates have struggled to deliver.
No, I’m questioning why he would distribute when he’s surrounded by Nic Batum, Marvin Williams, and Cody Zeller. I expect he’ll have an uptick in assists when playing for Stevens and with a more talented cast.Are you implying that Kemba is a passable distributor?
These numbers don't really tell you much about their "shoot first" qualities, though. USG% and FGA paint that picture.Shoot first PGs are nothing new in recent Boston history.
- Kyrie Irving: career 6.0 assists/36 minutes (6.7 with Boston), 30.7% AST% (33.0% with Boston)
- IT: career 6.2 assists/36 minutes (6.7 with Boston), 29.4% AST% (32.8% with Boston)
- Kemba: 5.8 assists/36 minutes, 28.7% AST%
I just assumed they were all high usage guys. But since you mention it:These numbers don't really tell you much about their "shoot first" qualities, though. USG% and FGA paint that picture.
To give you an idea, Allen Iverson and Doc Rivers have pretty similar career AST%.
It's really weird that you use Jeremy Lamb as your example of players that didn't get enough usage playing with Kemba, especially considering the only year they played together was Lamb's freshman year, the same one in which Kemba dragged the UConn team on an historic NCAA title run.Name a single player who performed better with Kemba as his PG then they did elsewhere? You can go back to UConn where Jeremy Lamb criminally got off 9 FGA/g. Are you implying that Kemba is a passable distributor?
I like Kemba, he is what he is. He’s a shoot-first/shoot-second PG. I expect Brad to utilize him off the ball a ton with the offense running through Hayward so he can score without the offensive set becoming stagnant as it was in Charlotte (and in fairness probably should have been with that cast of characters).
He froze Lamb out of the offense at UConn which was ok because he could score at will. I actually expect his assist numbers to go down since he will play so much more off the ball with Hayward as the initiator in the role he had in Utah.No, I’m questioning why he would distribute when he’s surrounded by Nic Batum, Marvin Williams, and Cody Zeller. I expect he’ll have an uptick in assists when playing for Stevens and with a more talented cast.
Always remember: a player on an opposing team is an underutilized gem waiting to blossom in the right environment, while a player on the Celtics is an overrated fraud putting up numbers in a contract year.He didn't though. Lamb shot at almost the exact same rate the year after Kemba left. The difference in his increased field goal attempts is almost entirely connected to an increased in playing time from 27 mpg to 37 mpg, so unless Kemba was controlling the substitutions...
No one is saying he is Russell Westbrook, but I don't know how you're frightened by expectations that he will be a close approximation of Kyrie. Kemba's year last year was a career year, as was Kyrie's. He isn't a clone of Kyrie, but I'm wondering what actually makes them so different to you, because they've put up very similar production numbers over the course of their entire careers.
Disagree. I think he'll follow the same trajectory asfeelow score forst PGs IT and Kyrie before him. Slight uptick in assist rate and number. Slught uptick in usage relative to his career, but not raletive to last season where he was the only guy. You can argue that he'll be the first one to really have the benefit of Hayward, but for the past 3 years the Celtics ran significant offense through Horford, which will change.I actually expect his assist numbers to go down since he will play so much more off the ball with Hayward as the initiator in the role he had in Utah.
Kanter needed to speak to someone who had played for the team before. Ainge suggested reaching out to Turner, the former Celtics guard who signed with Portland in the summer of 2016 (and was traded to Atlanta this summer).
If Kanter had any doubts about Boston after the team’s rocky season, Turner eased them. He told Kanter Celtics fans love players unconditionally as long as they play hard. He stressed to Kanter the Celtics organization is “amazing” from top to bottom and would treat him with respect.
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Now, the league has changed a lot. There’s not much back-to-the-basket play anymore – that left – and that’s my game. Of course, with the league changing, everybody has to be able to make three-point shots now. That’s why my focus this summer is my three-point shooting. When I talked to Brad Stevens, he told me he wanted me to shoot threes. In the press conference, I was sitting next to Danny Ainge and he told me, “You know, that three-point line isn’t for decoration.” I was like, “Got it! Okay!”
The 3 emphasis makes sense. There are a lot of reasons to think he can extend his range to there, but for whatever reason the Knicks and the Blazers didn’t have him doing it. A big part of getting big guys to move out is giving them the confidence that they have the green light, after a lifetime of coaches getting mad if/when they launch from deep.