My recent draft profile on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and his potential fit with the Wizards somehow made its way toLarry Vaught, the award-winning sportswriter for The Advocate Messenger and knower of all things related to the Kentucky men's basketball program (Here's a picture of him interviewing Ashley Judd to prove it).Anyway, Larry subsequently and kindly asked me for my take on Kidd-Gilchrist, the Wizards, and John Wall's tenure with the franchise in relation to other Kentucky prospects. Though posted this week, my responsescame before the recent Emeka Okafor-Trevor Ariza deal. I don't think that changes anything with regard to what I had to say, just giving you the lay of the land. I've been an advocate of the Wizards taking Bradley Beal for weeks, but who knows if the Florida shooter will be available.Anyway, said questions and responses are below...Question: What does your gut instinct tell you about how high Kidd-Gilchrist might go in the draft?Standig: Could he go two? Sure, but if Charlotte keeps the pick seems like Robinson makes the most sense. Washington and Cleveland need shooters and guys like Bradley Beal and Harrison Barnes are around. I cant see MKG getting past five, but in my mock thats where I have him. Again, anywhere two to five would not stun me. He definitely has his supporters.
Question: Will his lack of a consistent outside jump shot scare some teams off?Standig: Scare off, maybe not, but shooting the ball is a major problem for some of the teams picking high in the draft. Charlotte, Washington and Sacramento were the three worst 3-point shooting teams in the league last season. Simply looking for a shooter could be short-sided though. Just depends on how high MKGs upside is in the minds of those teams.
Question: His winning attitude is talked about a lot, but does that make a big difference on draft day or not?Standig: I definitely think that helps. The Wizards certainly lacked that aspect the last season and a half before making the deal for Nene. Still, not sure that matters the most to say a team like the Bobcats lacking talent. Hes also so young, not sure veterans will let a kid lead, not right away anyway.
Question: How would he fit with the Wizards and former UK star John Wall, the drafts top pick in 2010?Standig: Talk about a dynamic duo in the open court. Wall loves going up tempo and MKG showed he can do damage on the break. Again, Wizards need shooters. Wall shot 7.1 percent from 3-point range last season (not a typo). Looking at a likely starting five with Kidd-Gilchrist, the only knockdown shooter for Washington is Nene and youre talking free throw line and in. Could be great in open court, but the half-court offense could be problematic.
Question: Would the way Wall has played have any impact on the Wizards taking another UK player?Standig: I dont think so. They also worked out Darius Miller last week and I can see Doron Lamb being a good fit.