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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.

YOUTUBE CLIPS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww_qdvVYsLM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0U9qRFbldw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPTZCjxgM-4&feature=related

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carolina-chuck
Jul 14 2012 01:14 PM

I base nothing about myself on what other people think about me, so how I "look" to others isn't a factor in what I think or say. Gilchrist will be hurt much more than Wallace was, guaranteed. The season is 82 games. Both he and Dunlap are going to have to pull back some before it's over, or they're going to tear up anything good they had a chance to build.

The most intense guys normally just live in the moment. They don't think ahead. It's 100% and 100mph all the time. That's how Gilchrist plays, and that's the style of game Dunlap coaches. I like the effort, but you can't press like that for 82 games, and you can't throw your body around when that's what you make your living off of.

At some point, skill (like being able to consistently put the ball in the basket without having to "ATTACK") is going to win out, because "effort" is going to run itself ragged. That's when Gilchrist's development will matter. You can look great at first when you're athletically gifted, and you play hard, but it'll catch up to you eventually.

I'm not being "critical", just realistic. "Fans" can't be rational, so I wouldn't refer to myself as one.


I never said 82 games. I said he can play 51 games to prove your comment wrong. It starting to sounds like you wanna take your words back. Sometime, its better to think before saying something idiotic like that, or you could just say you were wrong. Its okay oracle, everyone cant tell the future, but not being able to play 50 games is ridiculous.

I never said 82 games. I said he can play 51 games to prove your comment wrong. It starting to sounds like you wanna take your words back. Sometime, its better to think before saying something idiotic like that, or you could just say you were wrong. Its okay oracle, everyone cant tell the future, but not being able to play 50 games is ridiculous.


If it's sounds like I want to "take my words back" then you're hearing what you want to hear. I haven't said anything to "take back" first of all, because I never said that Gilchrist would be a "bust". I've always said he can't shoot well and he will have a hard time staying healthy throughout his career because of his style of play.

Nothing I've said today is different than anything I've said before.
I was skeptical of picking him, but I am SOLD. This dude is the future of our franchise and Taylor is going to be an integral piece for years to come as well (I actually can see him becoming the starter at one of the wings).
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carolina-chuck
Jul 14 2012 04:09 PM

If it's sounds like I want to "take my words back" then you're hearing what you want to hear. I haven't said anything to "take back" first of all, because I never said that Gilchrist would be a "bust". I've always said he can't shoot well and he will have a hard time staying healthy throughout his career because of his style of play.

Nothing I've said today is different than anything I've said before.


Okay. Okay
I was on the MKG bandwagon since I saw his huge dunk on Portland (reminds me of the breakaway dunk last night).



But let's remember, this is the Summer League (it's about the equivalent to the NFL preseason). There are no LeBron James', Dwayne Wades', Carmelo Anthonys', or Andre Iguodalas' out there.

After-all, Sean May and Adam Morrison made the 2006 NBA Summer League First Team.

Regardless, it looks like MKG and Taylor are keepers.
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carolina-chuck
Nov 13 2012 09:48 PM
I just want to BUMP this ole thread back to the TOP