Jeff Taylor had a better summer league than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Taylor had a better preseason than Kidd-Gilchrist.
Would it be any surprise if Taylor has a better regular season than Kidd-Gilchrist?
The Charlotte Bobcats devoted their 2012 draft to the small forward position. They chose Kidd-Gilchrist No. 2 overall out of Kentucky. They chose Taylor 31st overall – first pick of the second round.
As rookies they had similar seasons, but I would have given MKG a slight edge for his superior defense and rebounding. Taylor seemed hesitant at times, as if the speed and skill of the NBA intimidated him.
Now Taylor’s confidence is soaring. Through the first seven exhibitions, he shot 47 percent from the field and averaged 11.5 points. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged six points and shot 36 percent from the field.
Taylor addressed a weakness – the lack of a midrange game offensively – over the summer. He’s using that spectacular athleticism to earn a couple of dunks each game. I wrote in th...