Should the NBA lottery gods not deem the Wizards worthy of the number one overall pick, which would mean no Anthony Davis.That could also mean Davis' fellow Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist becomes the Wizards' target. In the coming days and weeks I'll offer up my own thoughts on whether the assertive small forward with a developing perimeter game is the right guy for the locals - in general, I like his spirit, but need more convincing he's the shooter they need. Until then, here's a Kidd-Gilchrist profile courtesy of Ed Isaacson from NBADraftblog.com. The post below is a meretaste of Isaacson's extensive report. I have never met Ed, but he's become a valued NBA Draft sounding board on Twitter. In terms of MKG, I'm thinking my overall take could indeed read very similar to this one...Perimeter Offense- If there is a major weakness in Kidd-Gilchrists game; you are immediately drawn to his perimeter shooting. It isnt a matter of just getting shots to fall; his form leaves him little chance of ever being a good shooter without a major change. He does a good job getting square to the basket and he has a high release. However, the motion from catch to release is not smooth at all...If he can correct his form, Kidd-Gilchrist can be a legitimate threat from the perimeter. He uses his dribble well to create space and knows how to use screens well to get good looks.BallhandlingHandsPenetration- Kidd-Gilchrist is an above-average ballhandler for his size, doing a good job with both hands and keeping the ball close to his body and low to the ground. He has a good hesitation move off the dribble and showed a decent crossover and spin move a few times during the season...The key to Kidd-Gilchrists offensive game is his ability to get into the lane. He is agile for his size, but uses his strength to force his way to the basket, and he doesnt shy away from contact. ReboundingPassing- Kidd-Gilchrist is a fantastic offensive rebounder, combining strength with an ability to know where missed shots will go and get to the spot. Fundamentally, he does most of the things you like to see from the top rebounders he uses his body well to create space, goes strong after the ball with his arms extended, and he keeps it high until the area is clear... As a passer, Kidd-Gilchrist is average. Perimeter Defense- Kidd-Gilchrist is a strong perimeter defender, with the ability to guard multiple positions. He positions himself very well, stays low in front of the ball, and has very good lateral movement for his size. His foot speed is good for the college level, but will need to be a bit quicker to guard NBA forwards. Summary & Intangibles - Gauging Kidd-Gilchrists draft range has been one of the more difficult jobs I have had this season. Popular perception has him in the Top 3, but in most cases I disagree with it. Teams picking in the Top 4 or 5, if that is where there record dictates, usually need more than a 3rd option offensively on their team, and in my view, that is what Kidd-Gilchrist will be in the NBA, a great 2nd or 3rd guy, but not a teams top guy or the guy you build your future team around. I think Kidd-Gilchrist will have a very good to great NBA career... Again, popular opinion seems to be he will learn to fix his shot, but that is far from a guarantee, and a big risk to take...While he will probably go in the 2-4 range of the 1st round, smart teams will determine his value to reflect more the 6-10 range.
NBA Draft: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist profile
May 18, 2012, 4:01 pm