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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist unsure of role in Charlotte

© Jeremy Brevard | USATSI

© Jeremy Brevard | USATSI

It’s Media Day for several NBA teams today, including the Charlotte Hornets. While scrolling through tweets from beat writers, this quote from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist caught my eye.

“I don’t know,” MKG said when asked how he fits into the Hornets’ youth movement, per Rick Bonnell. When asked how much communication he’s received from the team on his role going forward, MKG declined to comment.

MKG’s averages of 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 18.4 minutes per game last season are the lowest of his career since being drafted No. 2 by the Hornets in 2012. Over the summer, he underwent groin surgery and opted into the final year of his contract, which will pay him $13 million this season. At Media Day, he told reporters that kind of financial security was too good to pass up.

MKG’s pro career has been underwhelming to say the least. Here’s hoping for a healthy and productive season so he can either establish himself in Charlotte or, more likely, find a better fit elsewhere.

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11 Comments for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist unsure of role in Charlotte

  1. Ned T.
    4:11 pm September 30, 2019 Permalink

    Evidence that you need more than a motor to shine in the NBA.

  2. UKCatAttack
    6:01 pm September 30, 2019 Permalink

    He can’t shoot and is undersized to play the 4. The NBA doesn’t want that kind of player anymore. This isn’t the same NBA that Dennis Rodman played in during the 90s. MKG was smart to pick up the player option.

  3. njcat54
    6:54 pm September 30, 2019 Permalink

    Too bad he never developed a serviceable jump shot. He could have been a great complimentary player like Draymond Green, Montrez Harrell, or Kenneth Faried.

  4. CatsNationBBN
    9:31 pm September 30, 2019 Permalink

    if he was drafted ANYWHERE else and played sf he would be a totally different player

    • Aar
      8:49 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

      Largely agree. I doubt he would be a completely different player but more highly valued and a better fit in the offense, definitely. Also, anywhere else is a bit of a stretch but in a perennial playoff team he would thrive. I hope he gets that chance in the 2020-21 season and beyond.

  5. Alex90
    9:38 pm September 30, 2019 Permalink

    If he had been drafted into a better team situation his whole career would be different because he’s always going to give you effort and is a smart player, that doesn’t get recognized on bad teams like the Hornets. Not his fault the team drafted him #2 when he had a broken jumper in college. Truth is he was always just a hustle guy with elite athleticism, but not a great scorer.

  6. Game Changer
    9:39 pm September 30, 2019 Permalink

    where I come from, we call this a bust!!

  7. RVaCat
    6:23 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

    Only in KSR comments is someone who plays 6-7 years in the league and makes $13 mill a year called a bust.

    • njcat54
      7:10 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

      Well… probably not the only place. Virtually every NBA analyst has labeled him a bust as well.

      His career has been below average, but for the #2 pick, ya… he’s a bust.

    • Aar
      8:54 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

      You know what, I’d take MKG’s career and earnings in every lifetime. The injuries, surgeries, recoveries and resultant lifetime aches, pains and arthritis not so much but they’re part of an athlete’s life.

    • ukcamel
      9:18 am October 1, 2019 Permalink

      2012 was a very weak draft. Dion Waiters went 4th and Thomas Robinson went 5th. I’d take MKG over either one of them.