Charlotte Bobcats Play for the Sure Thing with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
was the draft selection that the Charlotte Bobcats actually could not afford to botch. Rich Cho and Michael Jordan have Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker, and Gerald Henderson as the ostensible core of their team, and during all three project out to be legitimate NBA players, none of the above has demonstrated the talent or production worthy of being an actual franchise cornerstone. The 'Cats are banking on improvement, nevertheless they needed a bit more stability and much more certainty going forward; a wasted pick in this year's draft had the potential to only steepen the slope of an uphill climb, and if nothing else, Charlotte can rest assured in knowing that they've selected one of this draft's surest bets short of Anthony Davis.
The makings of an elite shot creator
He doesn't have the makings of an elite shot creator, and he isn't specifically likely to be the Bobcats' savior. However Kidd-Gilchrist is but another dependable asset for the Bobcats to lean on, and in the absence of a cornerstone star, that's not too shabby. It's more important for Charlotte to connect on these annual lottery choices -- particularly in such a muddled draft class -- than to swing for the fences; the Bobcats' rebuild may be far from over, yet they can anyway invest soundly in a prospect like Kidd-Gilchrist during that process continues.