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Bobcats Select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Jun 01 2012 02:41 PM carolina-chuck Charlotte Hornets
I'm jumping on this bandwagon now! Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, imo will be a STAR in the NBA. Probably the safest pick for us at no.2 also. Many believes MKG will make an immediate NBA impact. Gilchrist is an NBA ready player whose skills should help him start from day one. Some have think that he is an All-star waiting to happen. His work ethic is also tremendous. Someone who will do all the dirty work and clean up the mess.

MKG is not a great range shooter, but one who will drives hard to the basket and earn those hard points. He will only improve his shooting in the pros. A great defender and rebounder forward who would be a huge upgrade for us over guys like Derrick Brown, Thomas, Moon, Najera, and White. He will be someone who could defend guys like Lebron and Wade in the future. Many people think we need a big man or so, but HELL! every position is a need for us. We need help at every position. Can't go wrong taking a guy like MKG. Gilchrist should be our first priority to building a championship team for the future. He shows up every game with his intensity and never give up mentality. Will only help Kemba and Biyombo grows.

Gilchrist has been compared to guys like Gerald Wallace, Andre Iguodala, and Scottie Pippen.


(http://hoopsmanifesto.com)

DRAFT PROFILE:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Kentucky - Freshman (Born 1993)
Small Forward
6'8" 228lbs


The Good:

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great size for the small forward position
- 6'10" wingspan
- elite defender who is good/big/long/athletic enough to guard multiple positions in the NBA
- relentless driver who is terrific at getting to the hoop and finishing
- extremely hardworking, intense player
- always gives 100% effort on both ends of the floor
- big game experience
- terrific rebounder for his position
- is a great scorer in transition which should translate well to the pros



The Bad:

- poor outside shooter - will need to improve his shooting range to keep NBA defenders honest
- still extremely young (won't turn 19 until September) so might not be ready to contribute immediately
- needs to work on his ball-handling
- probably doesn't project to be a "superstar"


NBA Comparison:

*Andrei Iguodala/Gerald Wallace* - both in terms of playing style (do-it-all) and level of play (All-Star)


The Skinny:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is probably the player who did the most to improve his draft stock this season (at least among the elite prospects). He now has a legitimate shot at being the second name called by David Stern in June. While he might not project to be a NBA superstar, he does look like an All-Star level player and a mainstay on the NBA's All-Defensive Team.

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koolkatluke
Jun 01 2012 04:40 PM
I Love the kid if we do draft we need to look at C Kamen in FA.
Yes to MKG and no to Kamen, he is too old.

I say break the bank for Roy Hibbert and make him an offer that he can't turn down

PG- Kemba Walker
SG- Gerald Henderson
SF- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF- Bismack Biyombo
C- Roy Hibbert
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koolkatluke
Jun 01 2012 05:22 PM

Yes to MKG and no to Kamen, he is too old.

I say break the bank for Roy Hibbert and make him an offer that he can't turn down

PG- Kemba Walker
SG- Gerald Henderson
SF- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF- Bismack Biyombo
C- Roy Hibbert



I'm all for that if we can pry Hibbert from Indy.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 01 2012 05:30 PM

I'm all for that if we can pry Hibbert from Indy.


id jump off a bridge if we could get Hibbert here.
but i think its going to be really hard to attract any veterans here at all.
Maybe bring back Gerald Wallace? lol

PG Kemba
SG Henderson
SF MKG
PF Wallace
C Biyombo/Mullens

anyone knows how much cap we have this upcoming season?
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koolkatluke
Jun 01 2012 05:34 PM

id jump off a bridge if we could get Hibbert here.
but i think its going to be really hard to attract any veterans here at all.
Maybe bring back Gerald Wallace? lol

PG Kemba
SG Henderson
SF MKG
PF Wallace
C Biyombo/Mullens

anyone knows how much cap we have this upcoming season?


I hate some of your idea but I really hate this one.

Crash at his age couldn't take the pounding of being a PF.

And I'm really want to move Bismack to PF where he can have match up advantages.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 01 2012 05:39 PM

I hate some of your idea but I really hate this one.

Crash at his age couldn't take the pounding of being a PF.

And I'm really want to move Bismack to PF where he can have match up advantages.


lol im just joking. but i really wouldn't mind it.
that would really upgrade our starting five.
its going to be hard signing a big man to CLT.
Bismack will have better match up at PF, but going to be hard for him still bc of little offensive game.
but still he's too small at C.
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koolkatluke
Jun 01 2012 05:47 PM

lol im just joking. but i really wouldn't mind it.
that would really upgrade our starting five.
its going to be hard signing a big man to CLT.
Bismack will have better match up at PF, but going to be hard for him still bc of little offensive game.
but still he's too small at C.


He has a better chance posting up other PF then C and I know Kamen is older but he maybe the only C that will come here.
I believe I read we have around $17 mil in cap space which is why I suggested the Hibbert idea in the first place because the only thing that would get him here is a large amount of money.
MKG is nothing more than a defense specialist...no thank you
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carolina-chuck
Jun 01 2012 05:58 PM

He has a better chance posting up other PF then C and I know Kamen is older but he maybe the only C that will come here.


ill take Kamen anyday for the right price
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carolina-chuck
Jun 01 2012 05:59 PM

I believe I read we have around $17 mil in cap space which is why I suggested the Hibbert idea in the first place because the only thing that would get him here is a large amount of money.


thanks. i just checked and i think we're one of the few teams that have a good amount of cap space.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 01 2012 06:02 PM

MKG is nothing more than a defense specialist...no thank you


say what you want. I think MKG could be someone like Loul Deng for the Bulls.
a great lengthy defender who will better his shooting in the pros
Unless Beal can put up 30 points a night then I see no reason to draft him.

MKG can put up ten to fifteen points night in and night out while also securing ten rebounds and limiting the opposing teams small forward to fifteen points creates a 30 points swing and at least gives us a chance to possibly win a few more games.

Also, I expect Walker and Biyombo to come back much better next season and Henderson has been getting better every single year he has been in the league. I think MKG gives us a better opportunity to win than Beal does.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 01 2012 06:09 PM

Unless Beal can put up 30 points a night then I see now reason to draft him.

MKG can put up ten to fifteen points night in and night out while also securing ten rebounds and limiting the opposing teams small forward to fifteen points creates a 30 points swing and at least gives us a chance to possibly win a few more games.

Also, I expect Walker and Biyombo to come back much better next season and Henderson has been getting better every single year he has been in the league. I think MKG gives us a better opportunity to win than Beal does.


True. I'm down to MKG or Beal at no.2 if we keep that pick.
But since we still have Henderson at SG, I'd at least see him perform for another year and take MKG at SF.
Though, any position is an upgrade for us.
Here is the Pro Comparisons from Draft Express for every guy they have done

MKG- Best Case: Gerald Wallace, Worst Case: Corey Brewer
Andre Drummond- Best Case: Andrew Bynum, Worst Case: Kwame Brown
Kendall Marshall- Best Case: Andre Miller, Worst Case: Mark Jackson
Terrence Jones- Best Case: Al Harrington (Prime), Worst Case: Michael Beasley
Tony Wroten- Best Case: Tyreke Evans, Worst Case: Julius Hodge
Kevin Jones- Best Case: Chuck Hayes, Worst Case: Shaun Stonerook
Tornike Shengelia- Best Case: Andres Nocioni (Prime), Worst Case: Nik Caner-Medley

Didn't know where to put this, so I just stuck it in here.

These guys are pretty good with their predictions.
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koolkatluke
Jun 01 2012 06:26 PM

Here is the Pro Comparisons from Draft Express for every guy they have done

MKG- Best Case: Gerald Wallace, Worst Case: Corey Brewer
Andre Drummond- Best Case: Andrew Bynum, Worst Case: Kwame Brown
Kendall Marshall- Best Case: Andre Miller, Worst Case: Mark Jackson
Terrence Jones- Best Case: Al Harrington (Prime), Worst Case: Michael Beasley
Tony Wroten- Best Case: Tyreke Evans, Worst Case: Julius Hodge
Kevin Jones- Best Case: Chuck Hayes, Worst Case: Shaun Stonerook
Tornike Shengelia- Best Case: Andres Nocioni (Prime), Worst Case: Nik Caner-Medley

Didn't know where to put this, so I just stuck it in here.

These guys are pretty good with their predictions.


Even thoe I think MKG will be a better player then Crash. I'd love to have a Bynum type on this team.

Even thoe I think MKG will be a better player then Crash. I'd love to have a Bynum type on this team.


When I saw that comparison my first reaction was hmmm....

lol
MKG Beal or Barnes and I'm happy. All three have the potential to be great and are fairly safe picks.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 01 2012 09:05 PM

MKG Beal or Barnes and I'm happy. All three have the potential to be great and are fairly safe picks.


All three should become great player and really good shooters. Barnes and Neal probably better shooter. MKG better defender. But I like MKG more and he's the safer pick of those three in my opinion.
im still thinking MKG he will be another iggy not a superstar but will be able to drive and score with relentless defense and effort as well, he is the safest pick for a team that cant afford to miss on this pick, if i was a GM/Coach thats who i would pick....

as a fan if not MKG i would look towards drummmond, just because big men with that size and athletic skills is so rare. But he is very raw and relies only on his athletic skills, watching him at UCONN was painfull since he showed little effort or desire which scares me, he also looks lost alot on the court and basketball doesnt seem natural to him
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carolina-chuck
Jun 02 2012 11:27 PM
TTT
Well done CC. Best piece I've seen you do in a while. I'm on board, this guy is amazing. That Kentucky team was something special.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 03 2012 12:39 AM

Well done CC. Best piece I've seen you do in a while. I'm on board, this guy is amazing. That Kentucky team was something special.


Lol thanks. That means a bunch to me. Really :)

MKG is nothing more than a defense specialist...no thank you


Wish pie could be given twice.

Well done CC. Best piece I've seen you do in a while. I'm on board, this guy is amazing. That Kentucky team was something special.


Can't shoot, especially not in a real game. For a team that can't buy a basket, no thank you. If they did a lot of dealing in the offseason where they ended up with someone like Wesley Matthews starting at SG instead of Henderson, then MKG would make SOME sense. With that line up listed above, he doesn't. Everyone currently on the roster except for Biyombo should be expendable. If they can package Kemba or Henderson for something or another 1st round pick, I'd be all for that too. Kemba is leaving Charlotte for the Big Apple as soon as he gets a chance to anyway.

That Kentucky team wasn't any more special than Calipari's last Memphis & UMass teams, as time will reveal.