Michael Jordan has been dreadful at evaluating talent in the NBA Draft. The picks of Adam Morrison in 2006 and Kwame Brown in 2001 jump to mind instantly, but they aren't the only ones.
Jordan should hold onto his selection and draft Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
You can call it a safe pick because, at worst, Kidd-Gilchrist is going to be an All-NBA defender at the next level, but his overall upside is incredible.
Aside from his 6'7" size, 7'0" wingspan, incredible athleticism and lateral quickness, Kidd-Gilchrist's offensive game is vastly underrated.
He only averaged 11.9 points per game in his freshman season, but he played his role in Kentucky's dribble-drive system with five other potential first round picks. Kidd-Gilchrist did whatever it took in order for Kentucky to win the national championship, even if that meant sacrificing his offensive numbers.
Kidd-Gilchrist is one of those rare talents who competes on every possession. His work ethic will help him excel during the regular season, when most players resort to playing a YMCA-style of basketball.
Bottom line: you know what you're going to get with Kidd-Gilchrist every game. But he also has All-Star quality with his leadership, attitude, work ethic and skill set. His ceiling is high.
Trading for Gay would bring a scorer capable of getting 18 or 19 per game. He's still only 25 years old (26 by the start of the season), but we are viewing his ceiling.
Gay is a good NBA player, but he's not a star worth building the team around. Memphis is arguably a better team without Gay on the roster, which is why he is expendable.
Jordan must hold onto the pick, draft Kidd-Gilchrist and add players in free agency. If he doesn't like being called a poor evaluator of talent, performing a quick fix with the main star being Rudy Gay won't fix things.
Look at what Oklahoma City did by drafting Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. That's how you build a team in a small market.
Jordan needs to take notes.
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