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NBA Draft profile: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist


NBA Draft profile: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Later this month the Washington Wizards will take part in the 2012 NBA draft. Currently the owner of picks 3, 32 and 46, the franchise could go in almost any direction with those selections. The prevailing belief is upgrading the team's perimeter weapons and small forwardwing guard depth is a must this offseason, but few would knock more interior help even with the intriguing core of Nene and kids.

Between now and the draft, were going to identify some of the players the Wizards might target in both the first and second round. Up next, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Check below for a running of list of all our draft profiles. More to come before the June 28 draft in Newark.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
KentuckyDraft Express overall ranking: No. 3HeightWeight: 6-7, 232 lb (combine numbers)Key stats: 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds in 2011-12. Shot 25.5 percent (13 of 51) on 3-pointers.2The player: Even as a freshman at Kentuckylast season, it often felt as if MKG was a man among boys, basketball maturity wise that is. That grown-up vibe stemmed from the small forwards overabundance of intangibles plus his relentless pursuit of all aspects of the game that go beyond the glory of scoring points. Were talking defense, rebounding, leadership and tracking down every loose ball like he was Liam Neesons character in Taken. Offensively especially outside of 12 to 15 feet - is where the challenge lies, though Kidd-Gilchrists rugged approach serves him well in the trenches. The fit: In case you havent noticed, the Wizards have had trouble winning games lately. Maybe not so much right at the end of last year, but you get the point. Kidd-Gilchrists spirit and knack for the hustle plays is indeed contagious; anyone that watched Kentuckys march to the national title would concur. Perhaps putting an 18-year-old (turns 19 on September 28) into any kind of leadership position is folly early on, but the others will notice the effort and hopefully act accordingly. The fact that MKG is a small forward and that position remains the most unsettled on the team, all the better.The issue: Already hinted at his lack of perimeter offense. At one point during my research process, the term broken was used to describe Kidd-Gilchrists jumper. Granted, improving ones shot is certainly doable and frankly a common trait among the games elite. However, the Wizards already have a host of players at that positions and elsewhere who struggle to knock down open mid-range or deep looks. It would be nice imagining MKG on the court with the Wizards' other recent high selections - John Wall and Jan Vesely - but that's a whole lot of clanking and not much spreading of the floor going on.The analysisNBA scout(to CSNwashington): "Kidd-Gilchrist is a three-man. You have ChrisSingleton there. You got Trevor Booker at the four. He, Vesely and Singleton are all kind of small fours, threes a little bit. Thats a logjam quite honestly. That team needs shooters. The problem with Vesely and Booker and Singleton is they dont make shots. Then it becomes redundant with a guy like Kidd-Gilchrist. Similar position, has all the intangibles, but is not a good scorer. If they want to go for a winner, hard worker, than its Kidd-Gilchrist."Andy Glockner, SI.com (to CSNwashington): " I really like Kidd-Gilchrist, but I think it has to be in the right situation NBA-wise...Hes going to some trouble scoring from the perimeter on the NBA level. I dont think his handle off the bounce is outstanding. Hes not slow, but hes not like a blow-by guy from the three. His jump shot is terrible, his form is screwy. But, hes a guy whos going to get all the loose balls, hes going to rebound, hes going to work to defend. Hes a very good teammate. Was willing to defer at times at Kentucky for the betterment of the team."The summation: Just about everyone fell in love with Kidd-Gilchrist energy during the Wildcats title run. You need players who contribute with passion regardless of whether their shot is falling or whether they are taking any at all. Its not hard to define Kidd-Gilchrists intangible qualities as what stands out compared to his peers. And yet, and yet the constant emphasis of those admirable traits reminds me of a blind date setup where the other partys personality is highlighted. Lets be clear: Kidd-Gilchrist is no ugly prospect even if his current shot is rather unsightly. As mentioned earlier, this current lot of Wizards can use all the winning mentality they can find.. Getting rid of the cinnamon twins helped. Adding Nene did as well. Add in Veselys instincts and Singletons pre-NBA reputation for defense and it seems as if many of the qualities MKG brings to the equation are already in the current mix, just not fully developed. Meanwhile the other likely draft candidates address the Wizards more immediate shooting (Bradley Beal) or rebounding (Thomas Robinson) woes.More draft profilesFestus EzeliJeremy LambAndre DrummondThomas RobinsonHarrison BarnesBen Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Should Bradley Beal be an All-NBA selection?


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Should Bradley Beal be an All-NBA selection?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by guest co-host Travis Thomas to break down Bradley Beal's All-NBA chances and John Wall's injury rehab.

They also discussed the crazy Eastern Conference playoff race, Trae Young's draft stock and essentials for a good snow day.

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What are Bradley Beal's chances of earning All-NBA?

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What are Bradley Beal's chances of earning All-NBA?

Bradley Beal has been indispensable for the Wizards this season with John Wall having missed 33 of their 70 games, or nearly half of their schedule so far. Beal's numbers are up in several categories from last season and he earned his first All-Star selection as a result.

Becoming an NBA All-Star is very difficult. Usually, about six guards per conference are picked each year. Being All-NBA is even more exclusive, as only six guards are selected from the entire league.

Wall has done it before and Beal may be in position to accomplish the feat himself this season. As of now, Beal could be considered on the bubble for third-team All-NBA.


It is an extremely competitive race and there are several locks to earn the honors. At this point, guys like James Harden and Russell Westbrook should get in easily. But after that, the next four spots are hard to sort out.

Based on his numbers, Damian Lillard of the Blazers should be a shoe-in. He is the best player on the third-place team in the Western Conference and is second among all NBA guards in points per game (26.6). He is also averaging 6.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He has already been All-NBA twice in his career and should get his third nod after this season.

DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors is probably the next-most likely to get in. He has led the top team in the Eastern Conference, was an All-Star starter in February and got his first All-NBA selection last year.

After those is where it gets interesting. The reason why is injuries. Stephen Curry in any other year would be a guarantee for All-NBA, but as of now he has played just 50 games. Consider that the NBA requires a player to appear in 58 games or more, or 70 percent of his team's games, to qualify for statistical leaderboards. 


Curry has returned to practice, but due to health and possibly rest down the stretch of the season, there is a chance he doesn't hit the 58-game threshold. That may present an interesting question for the voters.

Kyrie Irving of the Celtics is also hurt. He has played in 60 games with 11 left on Boston's schedule. The same goes for Jimmy Butler of the Timberwolves. He is rehabbing a torn meniscus and currently has only played 56 games. 

Chris Paul of the Rockets has appeared in 53 games due to injuries. Though his numbers could put him in the All-NBA conversation, Devin Booker of the Suns has played in just 54 games.

If injuries do preclude Curry in particular from getting in, then the door could be open the door for Beal. He would then have to beat out guys like Victor Oladipo of the Pacers, Irving, Butler and others.

Setting aside the most likely three to get All-NBA - Harden, Westbrook and Lillard - and Curry, let's take a look at how Beal stacks up statistically to the rest of the pack. 

Bradley Beal - 23.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg, 46.3 FG%, 37.4 3PT%

DeMar DeRozan - 23.7 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 spg, 46.1 FG%, 32.4 3PT%

Victor Oladipo - 23.3 ppg, 4.2 apg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 spg, 47.1 FG%, 36.6 3PT%

Kyrie Irving - 24.4 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 spg, 49.1 FG%, 40.8 3PT%

Jimmy Butler - 22.2 ppg, 5.0 apg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 spg, 47.3 FG%, 35.6 3PT%

Devin Booker - 24.9 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg, 0.9 spg, 43.2 FG%, 38.3 3PT%

Chris Paul - 18.8 ppg, 7.9 apg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 spg, 45.9 FG%, 38.5 3PT%


As you see, not a whole lot is separating those guys. It may come down to team performance and other factors.

Working in Beal's favor is that he's been the most durable of the bunch. He has played in every one of the Wizards' games this season.

Beal has also helped keep his team in contention despite Wall's absence. The Wizards are on pace for 47 wins, not far off their 49 victories last year, and Beal has been the biggest reason.

But Irving's case is helped similarly by all the injuries in Boston, including to Gordan Hayward. He has been the best player on the second-best team in the Eastern Conference.

Oladipo has led the Pacers to an impressive season despite not having another All-Star in the lineup. DeRozan, Beal, Irving and Butler have better supporting casts.


Say injuries do work against Curry, Paul, Irving and Booker. And assume DeRozan is safely in as the fourth guy behind Harden, Westbrook and Lillard. That could mean Beal gets in alongside Oladipo.

If Curry, Paul or Irving get in despite missing double-digit games, that would probably bump Beal out of the mix. Oladipo has slightly better numbers and has drawn lots of acclaim for being the best player on a surprise Pacers team and he's no guarantee himself.

Beal has 12 games left to prove his case and clearly a lot of factors are in play, but the idea of him making All-NBA for the first time is not out of the question.

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