Prior to the beginning of last season starting the Bobcats decided to take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the #2 overall pick out of Kentucky. He didn't quite live up to the expectation of many people and the criticism on his rather awkward shooting motion has increased exponentially.
Last season the former national champion averaged 9 points 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 45 % shooting in 26 minutes of play. For all of the criticism people put on his jump shot he did show many positives last season such as his ball handling which created lots of fast breaks. Also his rebounding,Defensive intensity and fearlessness were all on display. His dunk on Greg Monroe is the best highlight to define who MKG is as a player at this point in his career.
As we head into this season with a much improved Charlotte roster Kidd-Gilchrist remains one of the x-factors for not just this season but for this franchise moving forward. At just 20 years of age this is a guy who has a passion for the game and works as hard as anybody else in the gym. He is the kind of player that teams need on the roster to compete at a high level night in and night out.
Last month at media day I had the privilege of interviewing the St.Patrick High School great as he discussed the upcoming season, Confidence, His Dunk on Greg Monroe and much more.