Michael Kidd-Gilchrist wasn’t exactly a confident or dominate shooter during his rookie season in 2012-13, attempting only nine shots form behind the arc and hitting two of them. That’s why the Charlotte Bobcats have hired Mark Price to help the youngster rework his faulty jumper.
Price was one of the best shooters in the NBA during his pro career. During the 1988-89 season, Price shot over 40% from three-point range, over 50% from the field, and over 90% from the foul-line (a remarkable accomplishment that only five other players have matched). He won the three-point competition during All-Star Weekend twice and finished his career with a free-throw percentage over .904.
Price discussed the work he plans on doing with Kidd-Gilchrist (via NBA.com):
He’s definitely got some flaws in his technique right now. We just start working on certain things and try to keep moving in the right direction. Most people kind of look at his elbow and the things that go on with that.
It’s a lot more than just the elbow and things like that. It’s the footwork, balance, a lot of different things. We’re starting with the feet and trying to get him more squared-up to the basket. Actually, we’ve made some progress in practice, but then it becomes a transferring-it-to-the game kind of thing. He’s young, too. It’s going to take some time.
[Source: NBA.com Hang Time Blog]