Slightly off topic, but MKG isn't nearly as bad as our fans make him out to be. The only players in that draft that make more of an impact than MKG are Lillard (who we didn't need because of Kemba), Drummond, and John Henson (who would've been a reach at the time). I'm not counting Davis since we had no shot to get him. The only thing that Waiters, Beal, and Barnes is scoring and that's literally it. The scoring that they bring isn't even efficient scoring, it's low 40% shooting without getting to the FT line. Granted Beal is a great shooter, and Barnes is a very good shooter and we obviously could have used that, but MKG just offers so much more to the table. MKG might not have an elite jumpshot (although he was knocking down 40% of his 35 mid range shots before he got hurt), but MKG is a top tier defender, has the heart of a lion, is the ultimate teammate, a top tier rebounder for his position, and is very good in transition. I'm a little disappointed that he hasn't developed any three point range, a little disappointed that his playmaking ability isn't as good as everyone thought, and a bit disappointed in his lack of aggression in slashing to the basket, but overall he has absolutely been at the very least on par with anyone that we could have chosen other than the three I listed earlier (Lillard, Drummond, Henson). This is coming from a guy that pre-draft was screaming "anyone but MKG!".
I was all over MKG before the draft. Shed some tears of joy when we drafted the kid, but I have been really disappointed with his performance so far.
MKG is a good rebounder and in transition and Im not questioning that. Especially, not going to question his heart. But he's missing the "it" factor. That "it" factor is the knack to just play basketball. Some guy has it and some just dont. MKG's ball handling is pretty bad and he cannot create space. At times, the ball is dead in his hands.
What made him the no2 overall pick was his ability to get to the basket. And, that's not happening bc in the NBA level you better be good with the ball in your hands.