The Charlotte Bobcats have taken former Kentucky Wildcat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 overall pick. Despite all the trade rumors you may have heard, this was the right pick for the Bobcats to make.
The biggest problem that the Bobcats have in their organization isn’t anything on the court. It isn’t their offense. It isn’t their defense. It isn’t their rebounding. It’s the losing attitude that has pervaded the locker room and organization, represented by winning just seven games last season.
That type of culture is difficult to uproot and kill, but drafting Kidd-Gilchrist is a step in the right direction for sure.
MKG is a high-character player who works hard on both ends of the floor and has a positive attitude. The Bobcats need players like that to build a culture that isn’t centered on being terrible.
Although teammate Anthony Davis overshadowed him in college, Kidd-Gilchrist could have been considered the leader of that Kentucky team that won the national championship. He led on the floor by example with his hard play.
Anyone who watched this Bobcats team last season knows that they didn’t always play as hard as they could have. I can’t really blame them. I’m sure it is hard to give it 110 percent when you probably still don’t have a chance of winning much.
Kidd-Gilchrist could help change that. It won’t be easy, but if the Bobcats continue to get other players who share his mindset, MKG will make a difference in no time.
Another facet that MKG adds for the Bobcats is defense. Charlotte is a young team, and those tend to not do so well in the defensive department.
Kidd-Gilchrist has the potential to an elite perimeter defender. He’s a bit wiry, but he’s a strong wiry. He also has incredible length and size at 6’8”. Those attributes, combined with his lateral quickness, make him a defensive game-changer.
Another problem that MKG answers for the Bobcats is their lack of a true leader. Last season, they were just a group of guys out there throwing a ball around. They were an aimless group that lacked talent as well.
With Kidd-Gilchrist, the Bobcats have a leader to group around who will not just talk the talk but walk the walk. As has been stated, MKG has an incredibly fast motor that really never stops. He is also great on defense, which will inspire his teammates to work hard there as well.
Any other pick would have been a bad one here. The Bobcats didn’t need big men or point guards, but they did need a guy to play in the middle of all of them.
They got that and so much more in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.