Rough Rookie Season For Kidd-Gilchrist
Charlotte has been the worst team in the NBA over the course of the last two seasons, and it really hasn’t been all that close. The club was in line for the top pick in last year’s NBA Draft, but instead of winning the NBA Draft Lottery, which would have given the team Anthony Davis as its new franchise player, Charlotte was stuck with another Kentucky Wildcat, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the man they call MKG has really been nothing particularly special this season.
Part of the reason that Charlotte has really struggled this year for those making NBA picks is because it just doesn’t have a great offensive post weapon. Kidd-Gilchrist was a fantastic player in and near the paint in college, and that figured to translate over to the pros. Unfortunately, the former Wildcat has only knocked down 44.9 percent of his shots this year, and he just isn’t showing the ability to get on the boards as well as he did in Lexington either.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 8.9 points per game this season, but his numbers are starting to fall off. He scored just six points in 25 minutes against the Boston Celtics on Saturday, and that marked the fifth straight game in which he was held to single digits in the scoring column.
The tide really turned for MKG right at the end of the calendar year. In November and December, Kidd-Gilchrist had three games with at least 20 points scored, and he averaged 10.9 points per game. The rookie also scored in double figures in 17 of his 30 games. Since that point, he is averaging just 7.0 points per game, and he has reached at least 10 points in 10 of 33 games.