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I first scouted Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back in 2008 when he was just a slender sophomore at St. Patrick’s High School. Playing alongside the likes of Kyrie Irving and Dexter Strickland, it was MKG who was the chief product of the hoops hype machine — the next big thing. He had all the physical gifts in the world and the relentless work ethic, on and off the court, to match. Three short years later that package of explosiveness, versatility and defensive wizardy earned him the #2 selection in the NBA draft. But his offensive skill set remains quite raw, with his jump shot hesitant and mechanical, and his off-the-dribble creativity absent.
Given the brief scouting report mentioned above, it’s not surprising that Kidd-Gilchrist is most effective when finishing in transition and slashing towards the rim:
147 of his 176 made field goals have come inside the painted area where he’s hitting at a 57% clip (61% inside the restricte...