He was the second overall pick in the NBA draft last season and didn’t quite live up to expectations. It made NBA observers wonder who might be the highest pick this season to turns into a disappointment like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
It’s not that Kidd-Gilchrist had a lousy season for the Charlotte Bobcats. He averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, shooting 45.8 percent from the floor, 22.2 percent in 3-pointers and 74.9 percent in free throws.
But better numbers were expected of him, especially in the 3-point shooting area. The Bobcats still have high hopes for Kidd-Gilchrist this season. They’re hoping that his 26 minutes per game number goes up dramatically in the 30s. Fans have to realize that not everyone can have a rookie season like the one Damian Lillard enjoyed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Kidd-Gilchrist was playing with a franchise that had really been struggling.
This is going to be a huge season for Kidd-Gilchrist. The Bobcats have brought in a new coach Steve Clifford, and they have the No. 4 pick, which they hope will supplement what they’re trying to do with Kidd-Gilchrist.
The last game of the regular season was the type of game the Bobcats would like to see Kidd-Gilchrist play every contest, if not better. He was 5-of-7 from the floor and scored 11 points while collecting eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in his team’s 105-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in 25 minutes of action.
The 2012 draft can still be a memorable one if Kidd-Gilchrist has a strong 2013-14 season.