Back in the 2012 NBA Draft, there was a clear cut number one overall pick in Kentucky Wildcats’ big man Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans selected him. The Charlotte Hornets (then-Bobcats) went on the clock and to the surprise of some, they picked Davis’ Kentucky teammate, forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. So far, the selection really hasn’t paid off, especially when the likes of Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard and Detroit Pistons’ center Andre Drummond were taken after him.
Many are considering next season a make-or-break year for Kidd-Gilchrist and Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders doesn’t see the Hornets or any other team investing much in Kidd-Gilchrist unless he takes his play to another level next season.
Kidd-Gilchrist has a similar problem to Barnes, he was far from impressive as a rookie, but made a lot of progress last year. If he can continue to trend upwards, that could bode well. As things stand, it’s hard to imagine a team investing a ton into Kidd-Gilchrist based on his play up to this point, so he too needs a strong season to cement his future.
Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 47.3% from the field, 11.1% from beyond the arc and 61.4% from the charity stripe. In the postseason, he put up 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 51.9% from the floor and 60.0% from the free throw line.
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