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NBA Charlotte Hornets

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Needs Aggressiveness on Offense

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist LeBron James

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When the Charlotte Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, the franchise knew they weren’t getting an instant game-changer like a LeBron James or a Kevin Durant.

Charlotte knew that Kidd-Gilchrist, at only 19-years-old, would need to adjust and grow into the NBA style of play. They knew there would be growing pains. They also knew that he would work hard and give maximum effort on every play.

Kidd-Gilchrist has delivered on what’s been expected of him through the first 28 games of this season. He’s extremely athletic, a sound defender and hustles on every play. Those are all valuable assets for his team.

However, one thing Kidd-Gilchrist could do that would drastically improve the Bobcats would be for him to develop more on the offensive end of the floor.

Before tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, Kidd-Gilchrist was averaging 10.8 points and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the field. The numbers aren’t staggering, but his shooting percentage is quite good.

That’s partially because of Kidd-Gilchrist’s high basketball-IQ. He doesn’t force up many dumb shots. He takes care of the ball for the most part. He essentially doesn’t want to hurt his team on offense.

Though that’s an admirable trait, it’s also part of the issue when it comes to his offensive-game. He’s sometimes too passive when he has the ball in his hands on offense. Instead of looking to create or dribble-and-drive, he just passes the ball on.

By no means does he need to become a “me-first” type player. But he does need to become more aggressive when he has the ball.

He’s never going to be a guy who scores 30 points per game. That’s not what’s being asked of him, though. Kidd-Gilchrist is too athletic and too talented to not attack the lane more. He’s only averaging 8.4 shot attempts per game, a number that’s entirely too low. He has the ability to create more good shots for himself and he needs to utilize that skill.

Kidd-Gilchrist is still young and growing. His offensive game will surely become more aggressive and potent with the more experience he garners. However, if he wants to help his team a great deal right now, he will make that happen sooner rather than later.