Early Tuesday evening, reports emerged that the Charlotte Bobcats were shopping small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, around the league. The move was believed to be an attempt for the team to move up in this year’s draft to hopefully select Otto Porter.
After workouts with the team, Charlotte is incredibly high on the potential of Porter, even though he’s not likely going to still be on the board when the Bobcats make the fourth pick. However, if they were to be in a position to draft Porter, it would obviously create an overload at the small forward position and would likely stunt the development of two talented young players.
Bobcats fans and NBA pundits alike seemed legitimately flabbergasted that Charlotte would be willing to trade a highly touted young player after just one season in the league and while he’s still just 20 years old. However, it seems that we can all rest easy now.
Rick Bonnell, who covers the Bobcats for The Charlotte Observer, reported that his sources said there is no way that Kidd-Gilchrist is on the trading block. It’s good to know that the front office in Charlotte isn’t completely incompetent at their jobs.
Kidd-Gilchrist wasn’t particularly productive last season. In 78 games he played 26 minutes per game and averaged nine points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 0.7 steals per game on 45.8 percent shooting. He showed a great deal of potential defensively, but he clearly needs more polishing when it comes to his offensive game.
However, just because he has work to do doesn’t even come close to justifying trading Kidd-Gilchrist unless the Bobcats are getting an established player in return that will help their team. MKG still has a ton of upside and has the opportunity to develop into a fantastic NBA player. Thank heavens that the big-wigs in Charlotte appear to realize that and aren’t making stupid moves off of over-reactions.