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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Discussion in 'Cavs Talk' started by tedginnjr, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. tedginnjr

    tedginnjr What's your Damage?

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    Projection Top 5 Pick

    Positives
    Elite athlete
    Amazing motor
    Tough, physical defender
    Excellent rebounder
    Attacks the rim on offense

    Negatives
    Lacks a consistent perimeter game
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    Mar 26 Update: After struggling with a 1-for-4 performance against Iowa State last weekend, and after reacting angrily to my report that he would declare for the draft after Kentucky's season ended -- MKG delivered two of his best games of the season for Kentucky versus Indiana and Baylor.

    Kidd-Gilchrist was relentless taking the ball to the rim and doing what he does best -- finishing on the break and in traffic. If there was ever any question about who the second best talent is in the draft, after this weekend I think Kidd-Gilchrist put it to rest. Yes, he needs to continue to work on that jumper and creating his own offense. But his non-stop motor, toughness and ability to get the basket make him the clear cut No. 2 player in the draft. He's a warrior.

    Mar 22 Update: In early March, Kentucky freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist told the media that he would forgo the lures of the NBA draft and stay in school.

    "I'm graduating here. I'm not going anywhere. I'm staying at Kentucky."

    After a few skeptical reporters laughed, he retorted, "I'm dead serious. I don't know why y'all laughing."

    Turns out their skepticism was warranted.

    Multiple sources close to Kidd-Gilchrist told ESPN.com on Thursday that Kidd-Gilchrist will enter the 2012 NBA draft after Kentucky's season ends.

    "He hopes he'll be able to announce right after they win the NCAA championship," one source said. "But even if they don't win it all, he's coming. He knows he's going to be a Top 5 pick. He can't pass that up."

    There's a long history of top players claiming toward the end of the season that they are returning to college, only to do a 180 a few weeks later once they get confirmation they will be a lottery pick. More often than not, when a top prospect says he's staying in school, you can go ahead and pull out the Sharpie and write him into the draft.

    While I think Kidd-Gilchrist was serious about staying in school when he uttered those statements, I don't think he fully understood how highly ranked he was among NBA GMs.

    We have Kidd-Gilchrist ranked No. 2 on our Big Board and he also goes No. 2 in our Lottery Mock Draft and full Mock Draft.

    While Kidd-Gilchrist still has things to work on -- he's not a great jump shooter and can struggle at times to create his own shot -- most GMs are in love with his talent. He's a terrific athlete, can defend multiple positions, plays with toughness and an unbelievable motor and he's improved greatly on the offensive end. Even a recent swoon offensively doesn't seem to be hurting him.

    Kidd-Gilchrist had just 2 points in a win against Iowa State on Saturday. But I spoke with numerous GMs who watched the game and didn't have any concerns.

    "He's the type of kid that you always want on your team," a GM said. "Coaches love him, his teammates love him and he does all the little things that matter on the court. He cares about winning and that's it. I doubt he ever looks at a box score."



    Mar 12 Update: The Good: He. Will. Not. Stop. Kidd-Gilchrist is probably the toughest wing player in the draft. He goes and goes and goes, on both ends. He's selfless and will do whatever it takes for his team to win. He's a natural leader who has quickly taken the lead on the Kentucky team. He can lock down defend multiple positions. Great athlete. He's excellent in transition and in slashing to the basket. Has surprised us with an emerging perimeter game.

    The Bad: He needs to continue to work on his jump shot. If he can ever become a serious threat from 3e, he's going to be very hard to stop.

    The Upside: On paper, or in an isolated Synergy scouting session, you could probably pick apart Kidd-Gilchrist's game. But when you watch what he does in the flow of the game, he's every coach's dream. All he cares about is winning. He currently sits at No. 2 on our Big Board.



    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ranks #1 amongst NCAA prospects in transition scoring efficiency. Finishes 71% of his attempts there.

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  2. Thunder

    Thunder Redemption

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    That kid is a beast.
     
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    KCOTT OSU Alum

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    pretty detailed analysis
     
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  5. mds

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    I don't understand why we continue to argue about top 3 talent. We aren't getting a top 3 pick.
     
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    With MKG, Varejao and Thompson on the floor: Biggest pain in the ass team in the league....People would HATE playing against three hustler-types. Andy and MKG especially....
     
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    Rob Best of the Land

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    I want MKG more than anyone.
     
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    Hydroponic3385 Snitches get stitches

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    Love MKG. I'd also love anyone in the top 4 (Davis, Drummond, Beal).

    C'mon, lottery gods!
     
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    I am not saying he is not an elite player or he is not smart. But he seems extremely dumb in the interviews, makes me doubt if his IQ is more than 60.
     
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    Not more than me.
     
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    He seems very nervous in interviews. He has definitely improved in them if you watch his recent interviews compared to his pre-college interviews. The guy doesn't need to be a rocket scientist. He has a good basketball IQ and Anthony Davis has said that he's the guy who comes into the locker room and fires everyone up if they are playing poorly. Everyone who knows the kid says that he only cares about winning. We are trying to build a winning basketball team, not a debate team. Who cares if he has poor public speaking skills?
     
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    I want this Kidd in Wine and Gold. He puts up a shot, he jumps in anticipation of an offensive rebound; Even if the shot goes in, he jumps just to make sure. That's ingrained hustle right there.

    It might be a poor comparison, but this Kidd reminds me so much of Hank Gathers (R.I.P.), strong, motor, rebounding and his play makes the other team exhausted with the amount of energy he puts out.
     
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    I see what you did there...:rolleyes:
     
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    Rob Best of the Land

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    Would you also take him over the Unibrow?
     
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    Chris Welcome to the Future

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    Derrick Rose seems stoned every time I hear him yet he is a great person (from what I know) and is amazing at basketball. I think the same goes for MKG.
     
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    And yet you missed what he did here;

     
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    I've got Davis as the Kevin Garnett type superstar. Drummond really is the derrick favors in this draft. Could be great but i don't think anyone is too confident. Gilchrist is the gerald wallace/ron artest high end role player. Could give you 20 points and shut someone down, but not sure he'll have the playmaking ability to really complete the scottie pippen picture. Could very well be the best player to come out of the draft if he developes his playmaking like turkoglu did. I think one of those 3 will fall, and I'm thinking it's drummond.
     
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    He actually had a bad stutter problem as a kid, he's still probably really uncomfortable speaking in public, and he's forced to talk in front of a bunch of microphones in his face after every game so...
     
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    Pack the lane, put your best perimeter defender on Kyrie, and force Kyrie and Gee to beat you with jumpers. On offense, the interior spacing would have to be handled very definitively. Not saying I wouldn't like that frontline- I would, but it comes with tradeoffs.
     
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    only way that a front court of MKG Thompson and Varejao would work is if MKG developed a serviceable jumper
     

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