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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist The Right Pick?

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MKG was the youngest player in the NBA this year, the fact that he had some trouble adjusting and seemed to hit a wall in February is not surprising. I dont think he was ready for the grind of an entire NBA season, its a big adjustment going from 30-40 games in a season to 82.

Not everyone can step into the NBA and take over right away, we saw it with Kemba last year. Takes time to build a good team with young players

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I believe MKG was the right pick.There is no doubt that the kid has talent, and he displayed at times. He is the one of only two people in NBA history to record 25 points and 12 rebounds twice before his twentieth birthday (the other being LeBron James). I'm a Carolina fan, but I don't know where this Harrison Barnes love is coming from. Prior to the playoff's he had only reached 20 plus points three times (MKG reached 20+ points on four separate occasions). Another thing to keep in mind is how Dunlap's rotation affected MKG, there were times that MKG didn't even see the floor in the fourth quarter; which is absurd. Finally, keep in mind that he is the youngest player in the NBA, with the right coaching he will develop into a nice player for us.

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The only guys I'd take in a re-do would be Lilliard, Drummond, and maybe Beal. None of them were very realistic outside of Beal however.

 

MKG will be a great player for the Horncats, but he will never be anything more than the 4th best guy on a title team IMO. 

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MKG will be just fine.  He needs to spend this summer shooting jump shots.  If he can get a reliable jumper out to 18 feet, I think his offensive game will open up greatly.

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Very good say!!!

I'm just hesitating to think he'll be somewhat close to Iggy.

And even if he's Iggy, he won't be the missing piece for a Championship just like how Iggy has proved.

He can't shoot as well as "Iggy" either.

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One thing you can develop is a shot..IMO.

Scottie Pippen was real raw with a shot his first three seasons..then got a reliable bank shot and progresses to an above avg shooter.

Jalen Rose was a below avg shooter in college then after three season began to light it up. You see a lot of vets get a great shot toward the end of their careers.

The main problem with the Bobcats roster is the pieces just do not fit together. We have what would be great bench guys in starting roles: MKG and even Kemba..who greatly improved to borderline Starting material.(still real inconsistant)

I do see MKG eventually coming off the bench for energy Defense and being the OKC Sabolosha-type role once this roster gets built up.

Team needs to get scorers obviously and one in the low post..i even see Kemba as a great 6th man. Jamal Crawford type who can come in and light it up focusing on offense.

I might even agree with the theory of drafting yet another project in Noel just to have yet another bad season and three great picks with Noel coming back strong with a year to get healthy and work on skills.

Get the scorers and use FA money on target guys.

That's what disturbs me. I don't want MKG, a no.2 overall pick being a Sefolosha type of player. That would pretty much be a huge bust and an added bad pick to our previous draft mistakes.

3-4 years from now, he need to be Iggy, not Wallace or Sefolosha.

I really think that McLemore would help MKG in

a variety of ways. He will make defense stay honest with him and Kemba on the outside where MKG can win more inside the arc. I would love to have Noel but he would really do nothing to help our offense. I see him a lot like Tyson Chandler. Our offense is not that good right now, and adding Noel another raw player will only make our offense worse. We need a guy like McLemore to compliment Kemba and MKG in the back court.

We can't keep taking these raw players. We're struggling with Biz and MKG already.

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He can't shoot as well as "Iggy" either.

Exactly.

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MKG will be just fine. He needs to spend this summer shooting jump shots. If he can get a reliable jumper out to 18 feet, I think his offensive game will open up greatly.

I think if we can add McLemore, that will help open MKG's offensive game.

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I'll be honest, I wanted us to take Beal last season to pair with Kemba in our back court. I think that partnership could have given us the long term answer at both positions. Beal has shown he has the makings of a star in this league, and I think him and Kemba could have been a great pairing. 

 

That being said, I think MKG did show a lot of potential last season, all he needs is more minutes and further coaching. He's got the ability to be a very good player in the NBA, but my concern is that he will not get the time he needs to develop into the play that we hope/know he could become. This could especially be the case after the next two drafts and free agencies. For me, he is going to have to improve a lot next season to prove he is our long term answer for the small forward position. But personally I think his future will either end up being on the bench or on another team after having been traded away for picks or another young player in a position of need.

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That's what disturbs me. I don't want MKG, a no.2 overall pick being a Sefolosha type of player. That would pretty much be a huge bust and an added bad pick to our previous draft mistakes.

3-4 years from now, he need to be Iggy, not Wallace or Sefolosha.

I really think that McLemore would help MKG in

a variety of ways. He will make defense stay honest with him and Kemba on the outside where MKG can win more inside the arc. I would love to have Noel but he would really do nothing to help our offense. I see him a lot like Tyson Chandler. Our offense is not that good right now, and adding Noel another raw player will only make our offense worse. We need a guy like McLemore to compliment Kemba and MKG in the back court.

We can't keep taking these raw players. We're struggling with Biz and MKG already.

It is a a let down of a number 2 pick but he looks like a tweener to me. That for me makes him more role player than elite talent. Now if he can get a dramatic improvement on his shot or gets a nice floater...now he will be starting for a bit because Bobcat talent is lacking.

It was a ho hum draft as this one is... MKG has some elite defensive and intangible traites so being so young I hope he continues to develop. But ideally for this team to be good with MKG and what "I See" as his projected development he should be a role player.

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I'm very happy with the MKG pick. The only player I would pick over MKG in a redraft would be Drummond. I wouldn't take Beal or Lillard over him. We already have Hendo at SG and Kemba at PG. Kemba is already a better PG than Lillard is, and is around the same age. I see MKG being a #4 option on a very good playoff team in the future, but also guarding the best wing, grabbing 7-8 rebounds a game, getting 1-2 steals and 1-2 blocks a game while being a beast in transition. I'll take that considering I don't see anyone outside of Drummond having more potential to impact a game from that draft class (other than AD obviously).

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Per36 Stats (Pts/Reb/Ast)

 

MKG- 12.5/8.0/2.1

Barnes- 13.0/5.8/1.7

Beal- 16.0/4.4/2.8

 

For those that think that Barnes is that much better offensively than MKG, he scored 0.5 points per 36 mins than MKG. MKG doesn't even have a jumpshot! MKG brought down 2.2 more rebounds and dished out 0.4 more assists (consider who they have to pass to), not mention played solid defense. Barnes also has 2 years on MKG. And someone said Barnes can create his own shot and that's something we need. I'm not sure where that's coming from because Barnes is simply an athletic spot up shooter right now (sadly what I see Ben McLemore as too). I think we made the right choice out of these two.

 

As far as MKG vs Beal, Beal beats him in the scoring department, but the value of a good SF > the value of a good SG because it's much easier to find a solid SG than a solid SF. One of Beal's selling points was that he was considered a "combo-guard" but only dished out 2.8 assists per 36 minutes. That's not a combo-guard. At the position we were in at the time, I'd still take MKG over Beal.

 

 

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