Mar 28, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) drives the lane in front of Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) in the first half as the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 110-105 in overtime at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a young Dennis Rodman

Many Charlotte Hornets fans are becoming impatient with the development of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. To all those fans I want to ask one question. Would you want Dennis Rodman (without the weirdness of the court) in your teams starting line up? For anyone that knows anything about basketball that answer should be yes! Rodman was an elite defender, and one of the best role players of all time. Most of you probably think I am crazy for comparing the two but give me a chance to explain.

Being too young to have watched Rodman play in his prime, I never really researched him. All I knew about him was that he was a strange man, with strange hair, and a weird attraction to North Korea. I first saw real game footage of Rodman when watching the recently released “Bad Boys” 30 for 30 by ESPN. The documentary showed game footage of Rodman during his time with the Pistons.

Rodman, a 6-7 forward, was a relentless defender, who chased loose balls, and out rebounded forwards that were much bigger. Who does that sound like? That’s right, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. As I watched the documentary I began to notice the similarities more and more extensively.

Rodman, and MKG also shared similar stats early on in their careers. Both had terrible 3 point percentages in their first two years, both made 200-300 fgs, and both averaged around the same rebounds per game.

Dennis Rodman never established a successful 3 point shot, and I fear the same for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a successful starter on a championship team. Most people say if you can’t shoot 3′s you can’t be a starting wing on a successful team, but that is complete nonsense.

Even in todays 3 point crazy NBA a player like Rodman or MKG can succeed, they just need the right supporting cast. You must surround these players with scorers, so they are not pressured to shoot jump shots. I believe this is what the hornets are attempting to do with the addition of big Al, a score first PG in Kemba Walker, and the addition of our newest draft picks.

Charlotte needs to be patient with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and when the right team is around him he will flourish. Just wait Charlotte.

Here is a video of him flashing his potential against the Miami Heat in the playoffs…


Do you see any similarities between MKG and Dennis Rodman?

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  • Joey Owens

    I just don’t see the similarity. I don’t feel like Gilchrist is pound for pound one of the toughest guys in the league. He’s not a world class rebounder, and while he’s an awesome defender he’s more of a wing defender not really locking the paint down. Nice imagination but I just can’t see any resemblance at all, then again I don’t remember his early career.

    • D-N- JAE

      MKG has not played a whole caeeer yet. You’re comparing the end of DR career to the beginning of MKG career. They actually have very similar games focuaing more on D than O.

      • Joey Owens

        They don’t even play defense the same. Rodman is a hall of famer that averaged more than 10 rebounds a year for 12 straight years. He even averaged over 18 twice! MKG hasn’t averaged more than 6. Rodman was a multiple DPOY winner, and could defend everyone from Spud Webb to Shaw. MKG is a superb wing defender but doesn’t bang around in the paint like Rodman. Just because two players are better defensively than offensively doesn’t make them similar

        • nathan

          Rodman played PF a lot of his career which is why he was in the paint a lot more but I see similarities in how they approach the game. They are going to go harder, and put in more effort than anyone on the court. Rodman didn’t win anything before he was 21 either.

          • Joey Owens

            If we’re talking effort then yeah they are similar in that regard. If you’re saying they play basketball similar, I’m saying I don’t agree. I see Gilchrist as a slasher/high energy defender which doesn’t necessarily translate to the boards which is what automatically comes to mind when thinking about Rodman. I also don’t see Gilchrist as a scrappy enforcer either. The sky’s the limit with him though, so we’ll see how it pans out. Hopefully well for the Hornets

          • D-N- JAE

            Good point

  • Eddie Thomas

    This is a terrible comparison. Please stop writing about basketball.

    • D-N- JAE

      Actually its a really good comparison. They do the same things on the court.

      • Eddie Thomas

        No. When the best comparison is that they are both terrible from 3 and can’t shoot, then you have problems. Rodman was averaging 9 rebounds a game in his second year and a fucking beast defensively. Rodman is a HOFer while MKG is going to be one of the biggest busts in the modern draft. You need to do some more research on Rodman because making the comparison is straight up diss to Rodman’s game. You can ask the dumb, redneck Kentucky fan and he will even call you stupid for making the comparison. MKG a young Dennis Rodman!! HAHA. Pure comedy.

        • nathan

          I don’t think he is a bust at all. He seems like a bust when you look at stats but when you watch him play he is far from it. He was one of the top perimeter defenders in the entire NBA at 20 years old last season. The comparison was not that he is going to be a hall of famer but that they have similar playing styles. They are high energy defenders that chase loose balls and rebound ferociously. Also Rodman played PF most of his career which allows for more rebounding opportunities because he isn’t stuck out on the three point line trying to spread the floor for Al Jefferson.

  • nathan

    Just something to think about. He is still young so it’s tough to compare him to someone with a career like Rodman, but thank you for the input.

  • Dane Young

    Well, they’re both African-American and they both play basketball…

    Other than that they’re completely dissimilar players. MKG is more akin to Rodney McCray than anybody.