Can Michael Kidd-Gilchrist win Rookie of the Year?
Despite being selected second overall in this past summer’s draft, it appears as if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is receiving no respect among the NBA community. He did not receive a single vote in the NBA General Managers’ Survey in either ‘Rookie of the Year winner’ or ‘best rookie in five years’ categories. Most believe he will not be able to compete effectively on the offensive end to maintain enough value to live up to his second overall pick status.
After just playing one season in college, Kidd-Gilchrist made the leap to the NBA at age nineteen. He was a crucial part of Kentucky‘s Championship run, and was acknowledged for his efforts by being selected number two overall in the 2012 draft.
At six feet, seven inches, and 230 pounds, Kidd-Gilchrist certainly possess the size and length to fill the wing for an NBA team. He showcases rare intangibles that, on both ends of the floor, will set him apart from most players in the league. He can prove to be one of the few players who can change a game without actually touching the ball.
Comparable to the likes of Gerald Wallace or Andre Iguodala, MKG will be most valuable on the defensive end. His length and willingness to commit to a physical brand of perimeter defense will certainly impact games night-in and night-out. He will shoot at a high percentage, as most of his looks will be very close to the rim.
Despite not having the potential to lead the league in scoring, or even hit twenty a game, Kidd-Gilchrist will provide an influx of steals, boards, and every other hustle stat not kept for the Charlotte Bobcats immediately in his rookie campaign.
- Dave Hilts