Charlotte Bobcats: Is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist On Pace For Breakout Season?

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There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s rookie season in the NBA was nothing more than average, and it seems that a breakout season is now necessary. Last season, he started 77 of the 78 games he played in and averaged nine points a game (46 percent shooting), 5.8 rebounds and one assist. Those stats look decent, but many felt as though they weren’t the numbers of a second overall pick.

This new season marks a clean slate for MKG, a chance to prove how good he really is and how much he can contribute to this improving Bobcats team. Through six games in the 2013-14 season, it looks like we are finally seeing a side of Kidd-Gilchrist we all have wanted to observe.

I have to admit that in various NBA fantasy drafts I had taken part in before the season, it was extremely hard to pick MKG when he came up on the board. I thought that he was not the best option for my bench after last season’s numbers and performance, but he is slowly proving me wrong day by day this season.

Through seven games this season, the 20-year old has put up some great numbers — much better than last season’s. The Charlotte Bobcats are currently 3-4 and in those seven games, Kidd-Gilchrist has posted averages of 12.1 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists.

Now we’re only seven games in, but it is still great to see that the young and talented small forward has improved across the board. Those changes look small, but it is not just the stats that put MKG on pace for a breakout season. He is clearly looking more comfortable and less nervous on the court with the Cats this season.

Expect him to improve more as the season progresses as he will develop as a constant producer for this Bobcats team. If his shot becomes more consistent, if he learns from Al Jefferson‘s scoring and rebounding ways and ultimately stays hot, you’re looking at a big season for MKG.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.

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