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Old 07-14-2013, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shooting problems

Where to begin? With the hitch just before the release or with the release point itself, on the way down, after the peak of the jump? With the slight body twist so his shoulders are not square to the basket? With the bad footwork and, therefore, bad balance? With the wrist and elbow that jut in awkward angles?

None of the above. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a broken jump shot – a totaled jump shot, actually – but form is not the biggest problem. Approach is. Confidence is. Begin there.

He is a starting small forward in the NBA, a year removed from being the No. 2 pick in the draft, a major piece of what the Bobcats hope is finally the foundation of the future… and looking for ways to not shoot a jumper. Nine 3-pointers attempted last season, two makes.

Enter Mark Price, one of the great shooters in league history during a 12-year career at point guard and hired as a Charlotte assistant by new coach Steve Clifford with a heavy emphasis on taking a jackhammer to Kidd-Gilchrist’s perimeter game and working with Kemba Walker on the pick and roll. Which is why this is also a very good place to begin, far from North Carolina and far from the regular season.

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Old 07-15-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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Default Re: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shooting problems

The only players with similar shooting stats last season were Tony Allen, Aminu, Livingston and Landry Fields.

I just don't understand how this goes under the radar during all those workouts and all that scouting. Not being able to shoot at all seems like a pretty big flaw for a perimeter player. A "we cannot possibly draft this guy with our 2nd pick" type of flaw.
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Default Re: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shooting problems

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The only players with similar shooting stats last season were Tony Allen, Aminu, Livingston and Landry Fields.

I just don't understand how this goes under the radar during all those workouts and all that scouting. Not being able to shoot at all seems like a pretty big flaw for a perimeter player. A "we cannot possibly draft this guy with our 2nd pick" type of flaw.


Part of the reason Dunlap isn't here anymore is the fact that he didn't make much progress with MKG. Hopefully Clifford's strategy of getting more inside scoring for MKG plus working with Price will start to pay off.
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