Charlotte Hornets: 5 Early Predictions for 2019-20 Season

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Charlotte Hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will flourish as the 6th man

With the departure of Jeremy Lamb, the Hornets will need someone to step up on the bench. Last season Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was a force for the Hornets before the All-Star break.

Following the All-Star break, Kidd-Gilchrist received inconsistent minutes, which is what led to him having the terrible season he had. He only managed to average 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season.

Kidd-Gilchrist should have an extended role next season, as he will likely be the team’s new sixth man off the bench. With this role, I think Kidd-Gilchrist will take his game to another level.

Last season we saw Kidd-Gilchrist make a lot of shots that we thought he couldn’t make. He made sixteen threes last season; this is more than he has made in his entire career.

I expect Kidd-Gilchrist to come out hot next season and average the numbers he had in the first month of last season. After the first month of the season last year, Kidd-Gilchrist managed to average 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game off the bench.

Kidd-Gilchrist is easily the best defender on the team, and if Charlotte is looking to win, they will need his defense. Unlike the rest of the team, Kidd-Gilchrist easily shows the most effort on both sides of the court.

Kidd-Gilchrist is entering a contract year, and he will need to do a lot if he wishes to stay with the Hornets. I expect Kidd-Gilchrist to go off, and prove that he deserves the $13 million that he’s set to make next season.