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…