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14 - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Kentucky 

  • Birthday: 9/26/93
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-7
  • Wt: 233
  • Hometown: Somerdale, NJ
  • High School: St. Patrick's
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Overall

96

NBA Comparison: Gerald Wallace/Andre Iguodala

Strengths: MKG is a strong, athletic small forward who possesses the intangibles that can't be taught ... He's at his best in open space, whether it's in the half court or transition ... While most use separation to rise and fire, MKG uses it to build momentum and fearlessly attack the basket ... Excellent finisher at the rim with explosive leaping ability, soft hands and the ability to adjust in mid-air ... Tremendous length allows him to effortlessly finish plays with dunks ... Also able to absorb and finish after contact ... Moves well off the ball terms of angling his cuts as a slasher ... Does not need the ball to be effective or impact a game ... Though not known for his jumper, showed some promise spotting up when his feet are set ... Strong, aggressive rebounder thanks to his relentless pursuit of the ball, non-stop motor and athleticism ... Lockdown defensive potential with the versatility to guard to 3-4 different positions ... Physical on-ball defender with a high awareness level off the ball ... Has a desire, intensity and will to win that elevates his status into elite level despite not having elite skills or potential ...

Weaknesses: Jack of all trades, master of none ... MKG's biggest weakness surrounds his inability to create his own shot in the half court ... Sometimes too intent on getting to the rim when a short pullup is the better play, which he hasn't consistently shown he has in his arsenal... Lacks range on his jump shot, and won't be considered a stretch-threat by opposing defenses ... Shooting motion has a hitch in it, which will be an issue as he looks to extend his shooting range ... A bit undersized at the next level to get the same easy buckets he got in college ... Could use some work as a ball-handler on the perimeter ...

Overall: Though he doesn't have the typical upside of a top 2-5 pick, he poses zero risk when you consider his intangibles and physical tools ... Instead of saying he has a low ceiling, it's more appropriate to say he has a high basement ... There's not a team in the league that doesn't have a need for what MKG brings to the table ... He's a two-way player that can contribute in a number of a different ways, and while he's not going to compete for any scoring titles, his strengths can inspire teammates and energize a fan base ...

Jonathan Wasserman 4/29/12

Strengths: Has been at or near the top of his class rankings since his freshman season ... A hard working kid who gets excellent reviews for his character and desire ... Should continue to improve thanks to his strong work ethic ... Relentless defender that has the ability to defend 1-5 at a high school level and 1-4 at the college level ... Equally as good off the ball and in passing lanes ... Excellent defender that understands that defense is about attitude and desire ... 7-foot wingspan and stand out athleticism allow him to play much bigger than his 6'6 height ... Michael rebounds very well utilizing his length and athleticism while never forgetting the fundamentals of boxing out ... Has a nack for being in the right position for rebounds ... Offensively does everything well whether it be set shooting or off the bounce ... Attacks the basket at will and also is an underrated playmaker ... Great motor, understands that hard work will lead to success

Weaknesses:
His ability to play on the perimeter is a work in progress ... Still has more of a big forward's game, but at 6'6 it's obvious he's got to become a small forward ... Athletically the rest of the class has been gaining on him as his athleticism hasn;t progressed ... lacks range on his shot past 15-17 feet, needs to continue to work on this area ... Handles the ball well for a 4 but needs a lot of work for a 3 .... A jack of all trades type who shows the ability to do everything well, but a master of nothing ...

Overall: Michael is a great kid that is well worth the hype that he is receiving. He will make Kentucky a better team as soon as he steps foot on campus. Likely a one and done candidate and his work ethic will rub off on his teammates and that is why we believe Kentucky will contend for a national championship next year. Lexington fans should enjoy Michael's short stent on campus. Very bright future the only question is whether or not he will be a go to guy in the NBA but with his desire and love for the game I wouldn't be surprised if he does.

Chris Clayton 2/4/11

YouTube Clip - 9/13/2010

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