Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Breaking Down Best Fits for Kentucky Superstar
Much of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's fate on draft day depends upon Bradley Beal.
While Anthony Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Beal are considered by most to be, far and away, the top three picks available in June, it's unclear whether or not the team picking second would opt for Kidd-Gilchrist or Beal. Both are good fits for different reasons; both are young players with high ceilings who could afford to make some big offensive improvements before the 2012-13 NBA season begins.
With that, here's a look at the best landing spots for Kidd-Gilchrist.
Washington has a nearly 20 percent chance of winning the lottery and will likely end up picking right behind the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 2. The Wizards' needs are twofold: They have some young talent, but not a lot of leadership, making Kidd-Gilchrist a good option, but they also could use a player like Beal opposite John Wall in the backcourt.
If the Wizards decide to go with Kidd-Gilchrist, he'll probably get the opportunity to start right off the bat and can give them a solid defensive presence and a good shooter to complement Wall (also a former Wildcat) up front. While the Wizards would certainly love to have Beal, they need Kidd-Gilchrist more. They could really use his presence in a frontcourt that seems to lack a solid leader.
The Cavs will most likely be picking third—they have a 13.8 percent chance of winning the lottery. They'll take whomever Washington decides to pass on, but if that player is Kidd-Gilchrist, they will be very lucky.
The consensus seems to be that the Cavs want Beal, but they already have Kyrie Irving anchoring their backcourt, and drafting a player like Kidd-Gilchrist would do wonders to give them the missing piece they need in the frontcourt. If the Cavs take Kidd-Gilchrist, they'll relegate Alonzo Gee back to a role off the bench, which was where he was to begin the 2011-12 season.
Kidd-Gilchrist gives the Cavs a player who can really lead the frontcourt, as well as someone who fits within the mold of the type of young, high-character player the Cavs love. Plus, he played in high school with Irving. The Cavs might even consider trading up to make sure they get him.
Another team that might consider trading up to get Kidd-Gilchrist is Detroit, which will be lucky to select in the top 10 on draft night. It's hard to believe either the Wizards or the Cavs will let him fall out of their hands, and there's so minuscule a chance that Kidd-Gilchrist falls out of the top three that a big trade is the only discernible way he'll end up with the Pistons.
Kidd-Gilchrist would fit in with the Pistons as a very tough, very athletic big man who plays excellent defense, something Detroit is sorely lacking at the moment. To get him, though, the Pistons are going to have to make serious moves to get high enough on the board.
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