Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Kentucky Star Will Thrive at Pro Level

Dan KuklaCorrespondent IIIJune 21, 2012

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's NBA future is looking up. The bottom line: he is a better value.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's NBA future is looking up. The bottom line: he is a better value.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

After his Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis shakes hands with the New Orleans Hornets' front office, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist offers every other team the safest and smartest option in the NBA draft.

Upside and team needs are important. avoiding the next epic draft bust is vital.

Pick your favorite insurance slogan. Go ahead, you can rely Kidd-Gilchrist. He has the power to help you succeed. He'll get your team back to where it belongs. Take away the risk and you can do anything. Insure your future—today.

Bleacher Report's Tim Keeney calls him immune to any bad situation with a bust factor of almost zero no matter where he ends up.

"He has a relentless motor. He has great size, athleticism and skill, but his will to win and ability to give precisely 117 percent all the time is what makes him special."

Brendan Bowers analyzes for Cleveland.com the likelihood of the Kentucky star falling to the Cavaliers at No. 4 overall. He "dreams of MKG rocking a Cavs uniform for the next ten years," as he should.

That won't happen if the two general managers picking directly in front of Cleveland realize his potential.

Really, it's Kidd-Gilchrist's lack of potential to fail that makes him such a valuable commodity. A player's downside can devastate a franchise just as much as upside can elevate it. For every Kevin Durant, there is another Greg Oden.

Bleacher Report's Sam Quinn makes the case for picking MKG over Bradley Beal. Get ready for some more cliches everyone loves to dismiss. In the end, however, it's these very components that make up a savvy pick and even better player.

"His work ethic, attitude and devotion to the game would be infectious for any young team going through a tough stretch of basketball."

But Gilchrist isn't just your average choir boy. He's much more than the NBA's incoming version of Tim Tebow. He also comes from a school and coach with mind-boggling track records of producing elite NBA talent.

John Wall. DeMarcus Cousins. Tyreke Evans. Any of those names sound familiar?

Knock John Calipari's one-and-done model all you want. It works and it's catching on.

NBA teams receive no insurance on their lottery picks. If they're looking for assurance, however, they're in good hands with Kidd-Gilchrist. Like a good neighbor, Kidd-Gilchrist is there—as early as No. 2.