It’s about time NBA fans start hating broken hands. On Sunday night, the first-overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Anthony Davis, went down with a fracture in his hand that will sideline him for a good chunk of the season. On Tuesday night, the second-overall pick from 2012, Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, suffered a broken hand as well.
As the Bobcats faced off with the Dallas Mavericks in what turned out to be a losing effort, Kidd-Gilchrist rather quietly was subbed out during a dead-ball situation and walked to the locker room. While the broadcast team wondered what was going on and hoped it wasn’t some sort of serious injuries, those hopes turned out to be futile.
Soon after, Bobcats beat writer Rick Bonnell tweeted out the unfortunate news for Kidd-Gilchrist, saying that he had fractured his left hand. After the game, Bonnell clarified that the injury was along the ring finger on that left hand and said that Kidd-Gilchrist exited the game when he looked down at his hand and saw the finger pointing the wrong way.
MKG hasn’t had a hugely productive second season in Charlotte, but he has shown some signs of improvement. Through the first 17 games of the season, the forward was averaging 9.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 27.2 minutes per game while improving his field goal percentage to 50.8 percent. His shot still looks a bit broken, but he’s done well in terms of taking shots more in his wheelhouse and in making better decisions while also remaining a solid defender.
It will be interesting to see where Charlotte goes without Kidd-Gilchrist, especially considering the inconsistency of their wings off of the bench this season with Jeffery Taylor and Anthony Tolliver. Either way, this is certainly a disappointing loss for the Bobcats and you should hate the fact that hands can break.