It’s taking a lot of effort for me not to jump up on my chair, wiggle my fingers and stick my tongue out while singsonging “na na na na boo boo” to the NBA scouts and television analysts who doubted our man Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s ability to score. In the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer league victory over Sacramento, MKG scored 18 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Kidd-Gilchrist scored ten points in the first seven minutes, his boundless energy no match for the Kings in transition. He started 6-6, including a two-handed dunk in which it appears he took flight for a moment (injured hip what?). Here, judge for yourself- the dunk ended up on ESPN’s top plays for the night:
As impressive as that stat line is, it’s just as notable that MKG appeared comfortable and unintimidated in the league, even already appearing to be a team leader. MKG reportedly brought his trademark enthusiasm to the court, palling around with Kemba Walker between plays and clapping energetically to get the team going. Improving his jump shot will still be a priority for the Kidd, but he won’t be suffering from an inability to score in the meantime. As we knew all too well at Kentucky, Michael’s a jack of all trades who can (and will) do absolutely anything to help his team to victory.
Oh, and it looks like Kidd-Gilchrist may become one of an exclusive club of NBA members who have their name take up two lines on the back of their jersey:
We’ll keep you posted.
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