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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: I want to be best defender of all-time

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Garrett Temple

Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple, left, drives around Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 9, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is an excellent defender.

He’s long, quick and full of energy. On and off the ball, he gives opponents trouble.

The Hornets allow 96.4 points per 100 possessions (equivalent of first in NBA) when he plays and 103.6 when he sits (18th).

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford made a bold statement recently, saying small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has the talent to be the best perimeter defender among this generation of NBA players.

Not bold enough apparently. On Thursday Kidd-Gilchrist trumped Clifford’s expectation.

“I want to say ever; not just in the league (now). The best defender this league has seen,” Kidd-Gilchrist told the Observer.

“It’s baby steps. But when it’s all said and done, I want people to say, ‘That guy right there was the dog!’ That’s all I want.”

Best perimeter defender of the generation is ambitious, though possible. Kidd-Gilchrist could definitely compete with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and others for the honor.

Best defender of all-time is obviously a whole other level. The odds are stacked extremely high against Kidd-Gilchrist, but I like his attitude. Reach for the stars and land on the moon, as the saying goes.

Or more specifically in this case: Strive for Bill Russell and settle for an All-Defensive team selection for now.