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2012 NBA Draft: Who Will Gamble on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist?

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2012 NBA Draft: Who Will Gamble on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist?
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If the Charlotte Bobcats know what's good for them, they will have to take the kid from Kentucky with the No. 2 selection.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist boasts raw talent scoring the basketball, can turn on his game when his team needs it most and comes from a winning program that has prepared him and many before him to be especially solid NBA talents.

It is each of these different areas of his game that will help these struggling Bobcats in a hurry.

In his one year with the Wildcats, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged a solid 11.8 points per game and shot an impressive 49.1 percent from the field. He was a solid free-throw shooter at 74.5 percent as well, as he would find himself at the line regularly for his team.

What makes Kidd-Gilchrist such a gifted scorer in his ability to drive to the basket and come up with points or a drawn foul regularly. Not to mention, he was able to provide the Wildcats with enough of a scoring threat outside of the No. 1 projected pick Anthony Davis to an NCAA championship in 2012.

Given the fact the Bobcats rank No. 30 in the NBA in scoring at a pathetic 87 points per game, Kidd-Gilchrist's impact will be felt from the get-go.

It was also impressive to see just how well he played when his team needed it most this season. In the tournament, Kidd-Gilchrist was the best player for his team offensively in the Sweet 16, Elite Eight and arguably the best player in the NCAA championship game.

These performances are what the Bobcats will need most next season, as the team totaled seven wins the entire season after finishing 7-59. Considering the Kidd-Gilchrist performances came against Indiana, Baylor and Kansas, there is plenty to say about this talent.

It will also be interesting to see just how his John Calipari schooling will impact him at the next level. Based on the NBA-play of the former grads in Derrick Rose, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, there is a significant chance Kidd-Gilchrist will have a major impact for the Bobcats.

Make no mistake about it, as great as players like Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis are, expect this talent to have an outright field day in his rookie season. This is a top-notch talent that an offensively struggling Bobcats team cannot pass up on.

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