Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a night to remember against the Dallas Mavericks last night. Kidd-Gilchrist not only led his team to a stunning overtime win over the Mavs, but he also recorded his first NBA career double-double. Kidd-Gilchrist was in the zone last night, finishing with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kidd-Gilchrist had an efficient night as well, going 8-12 from the field. The win snapped a 16-game losing streak for the Bobcats at the hands of the Mavericks.
The high praise was rolling in from all directions for the rookie, and #2 overall draft pick last night. His coach was certainly pleased. “I think everybody that has been watching all of our games says that MKG gets a little bit better and then all of a sudden he had what you would call a breakout game,” Dunlap said.
“I think realistic expectations are that he can do what he is going to do on the boards. He is a very good defender. The third part of his game is indescribable. He just does little intangibles, passes the ball in close quarters, gets an extra hand on the ball to keep it alive on the offensive glass,” Dunlap continued.
Teammate Kemba Walker was very complimentary as well. Walker called Kidd-Gilchrist’s performance unbelievable. “He wasn’t a rookie tonight at all,” Walker said.
Congratulations to former Wildcat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the first of many exceptionally strong games in the NBA last night.