Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a fairly disappointing rookie season last year after being selected second overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, averaging just 9.0 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game over 78 games (77 starts). He did show some improvement late in the season, making just over 48 percent of his shots from the floor over his final 23 games, and a change of coach in Charlotte for this season can be viewed as a positive.
Kidd-Gilchrist had his highest-scoring game of the young season Tuesday night against the New York Knicks, with 16 points (5-for-7 from the floor), eight rebounds and three blocked shots along with one assist and one steal. He has scored 7, 15, 3 and 16 points through the season’s first four games, but is this most recent performance a sign of a potential break out?
Kidd-Gilchrist came into the league last season with questions about his overall offensive game and in particular his shooting mechanics, and to this point that has not gone away and last year’s results (27.2 percent on jump shots) speak for themselves. But he should get plenty of playing time with the Bobcats unlikely to be a playoff contender this year and the new coaching regime, in particular assistant coach Mark Price, seems committed to helping Kidd-Gilchrist fix his shooting woes.
Kidd-Gilchrist is unlikely to suddenly become a consistent offensive force for fantasy owners, but he has a chance to be a solid multi-category contributor even on nights he struggles to put the ball in the basket. He is currently available in 46 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and even at this early stage of the season owners looking for someone with better upside to stash on the bench can consider adding him immediately.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.