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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Scouting Report

A freshman who didn't lead his team in any category and was only its fourth-leading scorer wouldn't seem to be headed for a lottery selection, but Kidd-Gilchrist is a near certainty to go in the top five. In fact, it's possible the only player who will be picked ahead of him is Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis. While Davis may have the best defensive skills and highest motor of any prospect in this draft, Kidd-Gilchrist isn't far behind in those departments. It's his intangibles - an unmatched work ethic, spirited energy and leadership ability - that make Kidd-Gilchrist so attractive to NBA teams and what could help him overcome limited offensive skills. He's not good at creating his own shot and an unconventional shooting stroke hasn't served him well - he shot 25.5 percent from 3-point range - but Kidd-Gilchrist makes up for those deficiencies at the other end of the court. He's a tenacious defender whose chiseled frame and long wingspan allow him to guard both forward spots, but his quickness and good footwork mean he can also cover either backcourt position. The third-team All-American averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds to help the Wildcats win a national championship, and he provided an equally important contribution as the team's emotional leader on the court, even though he was Kentucky's youngest player. That extended into off days, as he started the Wildcats' "Breakfast Club" after getting teammates to join him for early morning workouts before practices. A high-energy player at his best in transition, Kidd-Gilchrist is a tireless worker with an aggressive mentality - part of what makes him such a good rebounder - but is clearly a work-in-progress offensively.

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