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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jump shot is back… and not in a good way

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When Michael Kidd-Gilchrist entered the league, the one knock on him was that he struggled as a shooter. He thrived everywhere else, but after shooting roughly 25% from three at Kentucky, it was evident a change would be necessary when he got to the NBA.

After an effort to “fix” his jumper, things just got worse. Images and video of his elbow-in, contorted-body, facing-the-wrong-direction jumper went viral, and it completely wrecked his confidence shooting the ball.

He took just nine attempts from beyond the arc as a rookie, and then nine again in his second year. He made three total three-pointers in two seasons.

Back in the 2014-15 NBA offseason, the former Wildcat spent the entire summer on a “shot reconstruction” in an effort to turn a broken jump shot into one that would at least keep defenders honest.

The following year, MKG finished the season with a career-high in points at 12.7 per game, and shot 43% from beyond the arc. His confidence was high, and he was letting his shot fly. It looked like a player with so much promise coming out of college was finally blossoming into what we all thought he could be.

Here was the improved jumper:

After suffering various injuries the next two years, specifically with his shoulder, the Charlotte small forward reverted back to his old habits.

Tonight, MKG was recorded shooting during pregame warmups, and his jumper looks… bad.

Really bad.

This season, Kidd-Gilchrist has taken just two three-pointers for the Charlotte Hornets, with neither shot falling. He has managed 10.2 points and nearly five rebounds per contest, shooting roughly 52% from the field. He has thrived elsewhere, but his limited jumper has held him back from reaching anywhere near his full potential.

At 24-years old, there’s still a lot of time to get things fixed, but it doesn’t look like that’ll be in Charlotte.

The Hornets have reportedly placed MKG, along with Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, and Nicolas Batum, on the trading block, as the team is looking to rebuild this offseason. The trade deadline is this Thursday, but if a deal for the former Wildcat isn’t found by then, it’s likely he’ll be moved this offseason.

If he does end up getting traded, and even if he doesn’t, can someone PLEASE find him a new shooting coach.

I’m begging.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jump shot is back… and not in a good way



  1. Luether
    10:06 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

    As Billy Packer says, “Practice makes permanent”…



  2. Angelo
    10:18 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

    Can’t change your shot or golf swing after 17 years of age, due to muscle memory ingrained in your cerebellum… It’s all between your ears…



    • FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
      10:45 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

      False



    • BobofKy
      1:52 am February 6, 2018 Permalink

      MKG went down hard during a game at the end of the year as a Cat. Because I have experienced a shoulder separation it was evident to me he was hiding the injury. MKG played through the last couple minutes of the game somehow (shoulder separations are the most painful injury). I feel MKG is shooting with a move that does not threaten a shoulder separation. The only fix is an operation.



    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      12:41 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      Muscle memory? 17 years of age? Your brain doesn’t lose its plasticity at any point. The article itself refers to him having already changed his shot once. Tell the guys at the barber shop they can do better than that little yarn. I mean, seriously, could not be more wrong.



  3. BigBlueNationDude
    10:53 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

    Gimme mkg all day over anyone on this years team. That guy played his butt off every game. Hasn’t panned out in the league, but man he was solid in college.



  4. Dragon
    11:07 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

    I first thought this story was brought to us by Harold Leeder!



  5. binarysolo
    11:22 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

    I love MKG so I say this with love, but the NBA All-Star game should feature a game of h-o-r-s-e between him and Markelle Fultz.



  6. Smyrna_Cat
    11:46 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

    Thanks shot doctor. And it all it took you was a 4-second shoot in a warm-up.



  7. 3 fan
    8:19 am February 6, 2018 Permalink

    Its amazing that MKG has made the money he has. We love him because he is a CAT but he is one of the worst picks in the draft. He made out like a bandit because of OAD. Had he returned these flaws would have been exposed and he wouldn’t have gone top 20.

    Look at the last 5 minutes of NC game. Cal had to keep taking him out of the game to hide him.



    • cjruk1
      9:59 am February 6, 2018 Permalink

      Ummm, MKG made the game sealing block with a minute left. What game were you watching?



  8. jasonoverby
    9:11 am February 6, 2018 Permalink

    They should bring back Mark Price as their shooting coach. One of the greatest shooters of all-time.



    • NcCatFan75
      1:33 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      100% agreed. The second the 49ers fired him as head coach, not sure HOW the Hornets were not on the phone immediately. That fact that 4 months have gone by and they STILL haven’t called him leads me to believe there MUST be bad blood



  9. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    9:20 am February 6, 2018 Permalink

    His shot is bad but the dude is a great defensive stopper, good strong rebounder for his size and a transition nightmare because of his speed and athleticism. His only real flaw would be his shot and that is a big one if you want to stand out in the NBA. I wouldn’t say bust by any means, hes been consistent unlike #1 pick Anthony Bennett or hell ill go even further and throw in Thomas Robinson from that game and he was the fifth pick of the draft that year and now plays for a club in Russia…



  10. demoCrAT
    10:21 am February 6, 2018 Permalink

    you can change his form but hes never gonna be a great shooter. he can improve but it is what it is. ala shaq shooting free throws.



  11. kydrummer
    11:58 am February 6, 2018 Permalink

    Ouch!