The season is young, but the Charlotte Bobcats have to be patting themselves on the back with regards to the selection of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He’s certainly impressing early on.
Kidd-Gilchrist, a 6’7” forward who was a key piece of Kentucky’s national championship team last year, was the number two selection in the draft, and so far so good for MKG and the Bobcats, who are trying desperately to forget about last year’s historically bad results.
The rookie had already put up double figures in two games, losses to the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Hornets, before exploding on to the scene in Charlotte’s recent win over the Dallas Mavericks.
In the Bobcats’ first ever win over the Mavericks, MKG went off, hitting 8-of-12 shots for 25 points and adding 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal. He connected on nine of ten from the charity stripe, as if his night could get any better.
It was the type of performance that should give the young slasher heaps of confidence in his first season in the world’s most competitive league. Dropping 25 points on the Mavericks, a well-coached team with plenty of experienced players, is no small task, and we shouldn’t be surprised if MKG only gets better from here on out.
Knowing you can compete with the best is a critical step in development as an NBA player and it appears Kidd-Gilchrist has figured that out. He’ll continue to log heavy minutes for the Bobcats going forward, but how he affects Charlotte’s ability to win games is yet to be determined.
Already the Bobcats look improved, winning two of their first five games against strong competition (Dallas and Indiana), so the future is looking bright. And, Kidd-Gilchrist is at the heart of it all.