It’s never easy for an NBA player to perform at his best on a team when it’s engulfed in a losing streak.
His team is 13-47, but Kidd-Gilchrist has the range to score 17 points and bring down 10 rebounds.
Professional players, of course, always have the consolation of knowing they’re still going to be wealthy at the end of the day. But players like Kidd-Gilchrist come from college and high school programs that were winners and that’s what he’s used to. Despite being on a team that’s 13-47 and on a seven-game losing streak, he wants to keep doing his job at the best level he can and hope his team can eventually add more talent to perhaps come close to a winning record and eventually make the playoffs.
Don’t hold your breath if you’re playing for the Bobcats. This is a franchise that is still three or four excellent players away from even thinking about contending for the players.
But give Kidd-Gilchrist credit. The Bobcats realize he’s going to deliver every game, but they just have to give him some more support.
He’s averaging 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, which are acceptable statistics, but more should be expected from a promising rookie from Kentucky. He needs to keep having performances as he did against Portland. There’s so much Kidd-Gilchrist can do to help the Bobcats win games, but he can do more and it’s up to Kidd-Gilchrist to do it.