With the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Charlotte Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from Kentucky.
Kidd-Gilchrist was the No. 2 star on Kentucky's championship squad, behind No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis. Like Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist's draw comes from his intense work ethic, high-character personality and defensive prowess. But MKG lacks offensive polish, a crime for NBA small forwards. To truly excel at the pro level, he'll need either improved dribble-drive skills or a reliable jumper. Because he's so athletic and burns so hot, he can get by on physical gifts, tenacity and smarts to a certain level. But stardom will demand more, and small forwards in the NBA need to score. In what flavor(s) that scoring comes is mostly irrelevant; Danny Granger, Carmelo Anthony and Gerald Wallace show disparate paths, and all three have been All-Stars. MKG just needs to find his path on offense.
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