Oct. 27, 2016
Steve Clifford has never seen anyone improve like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has
When Michael Kidd-Gilchrist entered the league back in 2012 with the then-Charlotte Bobcats second overall pick, he was just a really good defender who couldn’t shoot the ball that well, especially from beyond the arc. But as the years went by, his shot slowly got better and better. And last season, we got to see him shoot the ball with confidence.
But just when things were going well for him, Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a season ending shoulder injury. He played seven games and averaged 12.7 points on 54.1 percent shooting.
Now that he is back and healthy, Charlotte Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford wants Kidd-Gilchrist to shoot the ball more. Clifford told ESPN’s Zach Lowe that the 23-year-old forward is improving very quickly, and he expects him to shoot more threes this season.
"In my 17 years in the league, I've never seen anyone improve his skill level the way he has," Clifford said. "Look: You can't be a great player if you can't shoot from range. We think MKG is going to do that. He's going to make corner 3s."
The Hornets will make their season debut tonight when they face the Milwaukee Bucks. How do you think MKG will do in his first game back since being sidelined? Let me know in the comments below.