By the end of the year, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be the best player on the team. Now, as an unproven rookie and one of the youngest players in the league, I still think he’s top five material.
He’s already the best defender on the team. His offensive game will work well in the system Mike Dunlap is building around Kemba Walker, another transition, cut-to-the-rim type player, and he proved in his only summer league game that he’s got a motor that never stops.
Not to kill the suspense, but here are some guys I think he’s already better than: Gana Diop and Matt Carol, obviously. Bismack Biyombo, Tyrus Thomas, Byron Mullens, Corey Brown, Reggie Williams and every other Bobcats bench player.
He will score more points than those guys, grab more rebounds per game (with the exception of Bismack) and prevent more points per game, too.
He might already be the face of the franchise. Charlotte management certainly drafted him to be that. They also picked him to change the culture in Charlotte’s locker room. How many veteran players are going to let a teenage rookie out-everything them (hustle, defend, work, play, etc.)? None that Rich Cho will want to add to the roster.
For all this alone, MKG is already one of the best players on a weak Charlotte roster.