ESPN NBA expert Chad Ford wrote a lengthy piece on why he’s not betting against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the NBA. It’s an ESPN Insider article, so you’ll have to cough up the cash to read it, but I’ll sum it up for those of you who don’t believe in paying for things on the internet:
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a winner.
Ford thinks it would be crazy to judge MKG on the hitch in his jumpshot, ball handling, and his “offensively challenged” game. “He’s a flat-out winner,” Ford writes.
And it’s not just Chad Ford, one NBA GM said his scouts and coaches love him, too:
“All of my scouts love him,” one GM said. “Actually love isn’t a strong enough word. Our coaches, when they watch him play, beg me to go get him. I’ve stood back for the past few months saying, ‘What about his jump shot?’ ‘Can he create his own shot?’ ‘Is he big enough to thrive in the NBA?’ I’ve given up. I love him now more than they do. He has the ability to dramatically affect a game with and without the ball in his hands. Whenever he steps on or off the court, everything changes. He’s a winner. He’s a leader. That motor he has, the toughness he has, the intensity that he has … those are NBA skills, too.”
The only problem is he could very well end up in Charlotte, where that winning attitude would be put to the test. Charlotte isn’t anywhere close to turning things around so Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would have to accept losing for the first time in his life.
But if he can slip to Washington or Cleveland, playing alongside John Wall or Kyrie Irving would set MKG up to help bring one of those teams back from the dead.
Anywhere but Charlotte. #ABC
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