Charlotte Bobcats Figure They're All Set At Forward With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

By John Raffel


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When NBA observers take a look at the needs of the Charlotte Bobcats, they glance at forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and figure the team is all set at the forward spot. What the Bobcats especially need is a guard, right?

Basically that is a correct assumption. But, Kidd-Gilchrist then has to plan on delivering for the 2013-14 season. His rookie season is unacceptable. His figures of 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game don’t cut it as a high draft pick. The Bobcats will have a right to expect something like 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists a game.

After all, that’s why they drafted Kidd-Gilchrist. Can he deliver?

If the Bobcats are to have a much better season for 2013-14, he has to. Hopefully his shooting can get much better. Kidd-Gilchrist was 22.2 percent as a 3-point shooter but didn’t really try that shot very much. It wouldn’t hurt for him to try fitting that into his arsenal. The main thing for him next season will be attacking the basket more effectively and frequently.

That’s why this next season is so critical. If Kidd-Gilchrist has figures similar to this season as an NBA sophomore, forget it. It’s unlikely he’ll blossom into the NBA star most people expect him to be.

Kidd-Gilchrist needs a great offseason as he finished the season on a very ho-hum note. He totaled 26 points in his last three games, shooting around his season average.

The Bobcats should probably draft for its perimeter game. If Kidd-Gilchrist comes through, they should  be all set as forward.

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