New Orleans Hornets: Why Hornets Need Michael Kidd-Gilchrist over Anthony Davis

Nick ConditCorrespondent IJune 5, 2012

Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis (left) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right)
Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis (left) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right)Jeff Gross/Getty Images

The Hornets will hear none of it, but it's possible that one Kentucky basketball star not named Anthony Davis could be a better fit for the team with the No. 1 overall selection in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft.

The 6'7" UK freshman standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist seems like an upbeat Jersey kid with a serious affinity for getting to the rim.

He could fill an offensive role that they definitely need—a slasher.

Trevor Ariza, Al-Farouq Aminu and Xavier Henry attempted to fill that role in years past with some success, but none figure to be an All-Star in the immediate future.

Kidd-Gilchrist's All-Star days look to be on the horizon.

Anthony Davis is the obvious choice, but New Orleans does already have a solid low-post contingent in the form of Emeka Okafor, Jason Smith, Carl Landry, Chris Kaman and Gustavo Ayon.

If the Hornets do pick Davis, they will certainly decide to let some of those guys go. If not, they could decide to keep some of them and bring in a talented attacking offensive player with world-class athletic ability and versatile defensive skills. 

Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over his last four games in the NCAA tournament, and because of his ability to get into the paint, he shot the ball at an astounding 58 percent clip.

He must improve his outside shot, but he is a superb finisher and already has an excellent handle, which is something that is hard to teach.

Length is something that can't be taught, and he has it, with a wingspan of 6'11". That instantly makes him extremely valuable on the defensive end—something Davis is always being praised for.

Nobody is a lock in professional sports, but it seems like GMs couldn't go wrong with either of these Wildcats. They should at least consider taking Kidd-Gilchrist over Davis.