SF1: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
This is a surprise, right?
Just kidding, I think this is the least interesting battle on the court for the Bobcats right now. Kidd-Gilchrist was drafted second overall for a reason. He's only 18 years old, and still has a lot of work to do, in particular, trying to get that hitch out of his jump shot. Other than that, Kidd-Gilchrist is the complete package. He is an excellent (perhaps even an elite) rebounder for his position, can drive to the rim, and will likely become known as one of the most tenacious defenders in the game. In the summer league opener against the Sacramento Kings, Kidd-Gilchrist was responsible for several of the eight turnovers made by fellow rookie Thomas Robinson.
More importantly, Kidd-Gilchrist thrives in the system that head coach Mike Dunlap is trying to instill into this ball team. His motor is constantly going, he fights for every possession, and he brings a tenacity to this team that has not been seen in years. He's Gerald Wallace 2.0, but with a much higher upside. There should be no question that he starts.
SF2: Jeffery Taylor
Jeffery Taylor was the guy I was hoping and praying would fall to the Bobcats, but I didn't think it was possible. Surely, I thought, someone in the mid-20s should have seen this young man's athleticism, drive, and intelligence, before snatching him up. But I was wrong, and by the grace of some unknown Basketball God (perhaps as consolation on missing out on Anthony Davis), Taylor fell to 31st, and GM Rich Cho jumped all over that.
Taylor fills the same position as Kidd-Gilchrist, but he does it in a different fashion. This pair was ranked as the two highest wing defenders in the draft, so both are going to prevent teams from scoring. Taylor has a smoother, well-developed jumpshot, and can hit the outside three-pointer. Kidd-Gilchrist, for all of his strengths, still can't match Taylor's perimeter game. This might lead to Taylor eventually playing some shooting guard, just to get the two players on the court at once, as they seem to have a solid chemistry between themselves. Expect Taylor to manage 15 to 20 MPG.
Outlook: This is really the only clear-cut battle. Kidd-Gilchrist is going to start. He was drafted second overall for a reason, and brings a lot more to the court than just his raw abilities. He's a motivator who will get the best out of everyone. Taylor will get valuable minutes, and will certainly be a three-point threat. Taylor is also fairly versatile and could play shooting guard, too, which may help him pick up more time on the court.