Feb, 11 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) shoots over Vanderbilt Commodores forward Jeffery Taylor (44) during the second half at Memorial Gym. The Wildcats beat the Commodores 69-63. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Charlotte Bobcats: Rookie Update


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor have both received starters minutes for the Charlotte Bobcats this year, and both have at least played up to their expectations so far.

Kidd-Gilchrist, the second pick in this year’s draft has been what the Charlotte Bobcats though he’d be; A solid defender who can score in transition and do all the little things well.

In 27 minutes per game, MKG is averaging 11 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He’s got a solid PER of 17.42 and a defensive rating of 102 (which is a little misleading, because his team is in the bottom half of the league in D rating.

For a second round draft pick, you could say Taylor has exceeded expectations (except mine, because I knew he’d be a steal if the ‘Cats could land him). Before I list his stats, keep in mind that he didn’t play in Charlotte’s first few games and then got thrust into the starting lineup when Gerald Henderson got hurt.

Taylor is averaging seven-plus points, 2.5 rebounds and just over a steal in 24 minutes per game.

He’s got a below-average PER of 10.7, but in his last few games he’s become much more efficient; He’s shot 50 percent or better from the field in four of his last five games, and 50 percent or better from three in just as many. He’s also been a serviceable defender despite his 107 D rating.

Among rookies, Kidd-Gilchrist is fourth in scoring, second in rebounds, third in free-throw attempts (11th in percentage), eighth in assists, fourth in steals and second in blocks.

As far as second round picks, Taylor is doing quite well. He’s third amongst all rookies in steals, 11th in scoring, 21st in rebounds, sixth in three-point percentage, 18th in assists and 18th in blocks

MKG is fifth in PER amongst rookies and Taylor is 21st.

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