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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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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.


The fact that Henderson starts simply proves how much the rest of the lineup sucked. It doesn't mean he needs to be a part of your long-term plans.

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.


I agree that MKG isnt a great fit for this bobcats team (given it's painful lack of shooting), but he would give this team a player to build around and he is a lot more than a defensive specialist. By all accounts he has a great work ethic, and he brings a level of intensity and effort that was completely missing from the Bobcats last year. He is a great rebounder for a SF, and is very effective at getting into the paint and finishing, especially in transition.

His offensive game isnt particularly developed, but he is quick off the dribble so I think he has a lot of room to develop (as opposed to a guy like Barnes, who will never have a quick enough first step to take NBA defenders off the dribble). If we drafted MKG we definitely need to target a shooter in free agency or through a trade though- he wont be effective on offense if our court spacing is as awful as it was last year

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


outside Kemba that is one hell of a defensive team. I like it.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 03 2012 04:23 PM

The fact that Henderson starts simply proves how much the rest of the lineup sucked. It doesn't mean he needs to be a part of your long-term plans.


Yes i agree.
I'm one of the few, probably the only one who think that Henderson is not a player for the future. Dude is athletic but terrible most of the time IMO. Hes not someone who can go out there and win a game for us. He will never be able to. As a lottery pick, he should have shown more than what he has. Hendo is at best someone who comes off the bench only.

With that said, no one said he was going to be a long term plan. But for now he is. It's not that easy trading Henderson as people think. So it is what it is. Stick with who you have and don't complain.
Who's going to score in that squad though? Kemba?
If we hire Jerry Sloan, I think he will make Kemba a top 10 point guard in the league for years to come.

I say this because Sloan has coached arguably four of the top 50 point guards in NBA history in Reggie Theus, John Stockton, Mark Jackson, and Deron Williams.

If we hire Jerry Sloan, I think he will make Kemba a top 10 point guard in the league for years to come.

I say this because Sloan has coached arguably four of the top 50 point guards in NBA history in Reggie Theus, John Stockton, Mark Jackson, and Deron Williams.


Never going to happen for Kemba. Not that it matters for the Bobcats, anyway. Like I said. As soon as he gets a chance, Kemba is gone. He'll do all he can to end back up in NY.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 03 2012 10:37 PM

Never going to happen for Kemba. Not that it matters for the Bobcats, anyway. Like I said. As soon as he gets a chance, Kemba is gone. He'll do all he can to end back up in NY.


How'd you know NY going to want him?

How'd you know NY going to want him?


The point is Kemba isn't staying in Charlotte. He's too "bright lights" to do so. Doesn't matter whether NY wants him or not. He's going to try to go to a team in that region, and almost certainly end up on one of them when he does. I don't know whether he'll be considered a "bust" or a beast by then. Either way, he won't be in Charlotte when he gets a chance to bounce.

Never going to happen for Kemba. Not that it matters for the Bobcats, anyway. Like I said. As soon as he gets a chance, Kemba is gone. He'll do all he can to end back up in NY.


I think that will depend quite a bit on the state of the Bobcats at that point in time.

I think that will depend quite a bit on the state of the Bobcats at that point in time.


Nah, it won't. Charlotte isn't NY, or anything like it. Not big-time enough for Kemba.
I disagree, these young guys for some odd reason really like playing for Jordan so I think Kemba stays.

I disagree, these young guys for some odd reason really like playing for Jordan so I think Kemba stays.


You hope he stays. If young guys liked playing for Jordan, they wouldn't have been 7-59 this past season. I don't see a whole lot of free agents saying Charlotte is where they plan on ending up other than guys like Seth Curry who would want to regardless of who the owner was.

Besides, nothing concerning Kemba Walker matters other than NY. That's where he'll be, if he can be.

You hope he stays. If young guys liked playing for Jordan, they wouldn't have been 7-59 this past season. I don't see a whole lot of free agents saying Charlotte is where they plan on ending up other than guys like Seth Curry who would want to regardless of who the owner was.

Besides, nothing concerning Kemba Walker matters other than NY. That's where he'll be, if he can be.


I said young guys, not all guys like playing for Jordan and it helps if you put a team on the court that could beat a high school team.
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koolkatluke
Jun 05 2012 07:30 PM
Yeah I agree with that.

I said young guys, not all guys like playing for Jordan and it helps if you put a team on the court that could beat a high school team.


I repeat: Kemba isn't staying in Charlotte. Last time I checked, Charlotte isn't NY or anything like it. That is ALL THAT WILL MATTER when Kemba gets a chance to leave.

I repeat: Kemba isn't staying in Charlotte. Last time I checked, Charlotte isn't NY or anything like it. That is ALL THAT WILL MATTER when Kemba gets a chance to leave.


Unless you are related to Kemba, I repeat... I will take your comment worth a grain of salt.

Unless you are related to Kemba, I repeat... I will take your comment worth a grain of salt.


Yeah, because everyone that's of kin knows everything they need to know about their kinfolk. Take it or don't, doesn't matter.
since when did Kemba come out and say he wants to leave Charlotte for NY?

since when did Kemba come out and say he wants to leave Charlotte for NY?


He doesn't need to say it any more than LeBron needed to say it.

He doesn't need to say it any more than LeBron needed to say it.

Lebron went to Miami though
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carolina-chuck
Jun 10 2012 05:00 PM

since when did Kemba come out and say he wants to leave Charlotte for NY?


Exactly. I want some sources to prove from all those who seems to believe Kemba wants to leave. Show me the facts.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 10 2012 05:01 PM

He doesn't need to say it any more than LeBron needed to say it.



Kemba is not the same type of player like James.
James is a star, Kemba is a potential star.
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carolina-chuck
Jun 10 2012 05:03 PM

He doesn't need to say it any more than LeBron needed to say it.



Lol. This is an explanation why Kemba would leave? I guess
Lets see how he feels in a couple of seasons.