Find A Way To Draft MKG
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/22/2012 12:40 PM



    Sam Amick lists the four prospects in this year's draft that would classify as "Hitting the Jackpot" with one of those players being Kentucky freshman, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Here's what Amick wrote about MKG:
     He was Robin to Davis' Batman at Kentucky, in large part because of his commitment to playing both ends of the floor (he was only fourth on the team in scoring at 11.9 points). It's unclear whether he can evolve into playing a lead role, but he has no shortage of casting calls because of his versatility and the leadership he showed during the Wildcats' championship run.
     For all of the attention paid to Davis as Kentucky's top talent, Kidd-Gilchrist was regarded as the team's glue. Coach John Calipari routinely praised him for being the emotional leader, and Kidd-Gilchrist was the captain of the Wildcats' 8:30 a.m. workouts before scheduled practices.
     It's hard to tell how good he can be offensively because of the deep surrounding talent at Kentucky, but he has been compared to New Jersey's Gerald Wallace in terms of his athleticism and attacking mentality. Kidd-Gilchrist had two of his best offensive games in the NCAA tournament, scoring 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting against Indiana in the Sweet 16 and 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Baylor in the Elite Eight.
     He might have the best motor in the draft, and nothing makes scouts happier than a player who never stops. Kidd-Gilchrist is also a tenacious defender with a 6-10 wingspan. His inconsistent perimeter game is a concern, but his work ethic and approach have NBA teams drooling.
     "He has all the intangibles," one assistant general manager said. "And he plays extremely hard."
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    Do I think MKG is the #1 option we are seeking? No. But we do need a leader in the locker room. Here is an 18-year-old kid fresh out of high school leading Kentucky's 8:30 AM workouts. You just don't hear that every day. He was the heart and soul of that Kentucky team who went on to win a National Title and a player who possesses all of the needed intangibles that all championship caliber teams posses. But he's not just a "glue guy." MKG still won't turn 19 until this fall so he has plenty of time to work on his perimeter game.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 05/22/2012 1:13 PM

    I would take MKG over Batum right now because you know at the very least he will always play his ass off. This team already has enough people willing to take long jump shots so having a player that does not rely on that to score would be a nice change.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/22/2012 1:35 PM

    To me, MKG could be our 2012 version of Jerome Kersey..but better. Both have similar builds for the small forward position and posses the necessary athleticism to finish on the break. Some may say taking a "Jerome Kersey" type at #2 is too high but I think he could be arich man's Kersey, easily making multiple All-Star teams.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/22/2012 3:50 PM

    This kid just gets it. From SLAM-
     “It’s a humbling feeling for me actually,” said Kidd-Gilchrist, when I asked about working out at the Beachwood High gym filled with roughly 30 kids playing basketball after school. “I know I was like them at one point,” he added. “I was just like these kids once. I’m very humbled to be around them and I wish them nothing but the best.”
    “I love playing defense, that’s my thing,” MKG went on to tell me during a break in the session. “I feel like I’m a guy who can guard [positions] 1 through 4 in the NBA. Offensively, I believe I can play the 2 or 3 in the NBA too, and I’m just working hard in order to prepare myself for that. I’m working on my shooting, off the dribble stuff, and ball handling too, in addition to just working to get stronger and improve all areas of my game every day.”
     “Of course, I’d love to play with Kyrie,” Kidd-Gilchrist told SLAMonline. “But at the same time, I’m going into my own professional career and I’d be happy to play with any team that drafts me. I’m looking forward to being a part of an organization that believes in me, and I’m working hard to be able to bring an impact and positive light to that organization.”
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  1. Ricky
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    Posted 05/23/2012 11:51 AM

    I am not sure the Blazers have toe  ability to draft MKG unless there is a change in the draft positions.  He will probably be drafted in the first three spots.  I do not know if trading the #6 and the #11 for the #3 is a good move because there are some very good players that could be drafted in those spots.  Worth it? 
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