cpawfan wrote:[Kmart's] jumper is better than it has ever been as there is actually some arc on it now (see the Spurs game from this past weekend). His footwork in the post makes him look at times like an actual NBA big man (he had a couple of moves last night against the Suns that nearly rendered Mark Jackson speechless). He is the one that talks (more like barks out instructions) on Denver's defense. Karl has talked repeatedly to the media about his role as QB of the defense and how when the team plays their spurts of good defense it is because of what Kenyon does. In short, he is finally healthy, has matured and is a far more complete player than when he was an All Star with the Nets.
watched the first half of the nuggets-lakers game last night.
kmart's jumper is definitely much better... it even seems to extend to the 3-pt line now (holy crap). and i agree, his arc is better. maybe not dramatically, but something is there.
still made some mistakes from what i saw... for example, more than once settling into a zone defense position when the defender right next to him seemed to be in man, leading to easy layup passes when the lakers overloaded his area. but who knows... it's always possible someone else missed their assignment and he was the one hung out to dry.
and on offense, he seems to think that he's a guard at times who can toss up running floaters for regular points. but even floaters need some arc... or at least, he can't drive hard and strong-arm a line-drive shot and expect it to go in.
overall, however, it really looks like kmart belongs. he seems to know exactly where he needs to go on the court at any given moment, the mark of a smart, veteran player. very rarely does he seem to hurt the nuggets, although billups may heavily influence that on offense. by contrast, RJ is in a living heck right now... wherever he goes and whatever he does, very quickly it seems like the wrong decision, and he's probably the first to admit it.
EDIT: cleaned it up a little bit.