Feb, 11 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during a time out against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Memorial Gym. The Wildcats beat the Commodores 69-63. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Fills the Bill

The Sacramento Kings desperately need an NBA ready SF; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fills that need. Michael is another beautifully bred thoroughbred out of Kentucky and I’m not talking about racehorses here. Michael is an 18-year-old, six foot, seven inch, 228 pound freshman out of Kentucky. While Draft Express has him listed third in their mock draft going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, nothing is set in stone.

Sacramento Kings General Manager, Goeff Petrie has a philosophy to draft the best player available over drafting for position need. This year, no doubt, will be no different, although a full season trying to deal with finding a consistent player to fill the SF spot may press upon his best player philosophy.

If the lottery gods should shine brightly on the Sacramento Kings this year and grant the team the number one pick, Anthony Davis is undoubtedly the foregone conclusion.  I’m not holding my breath. If that doesn’t happen, then the door is open to look at other draft prospects. Michael offers a lot to any team who drafts him.

Gilchrist came off a great season, playing for Kentucky, which went on to win the national championship. Anyone who was fortunate enough to watch him play knows what a standout he is.  He is a very competitive player who works hard to help his team.  He played 40 games last season at an average of 31 minutes per game and averaged 11.9 shots per game.

He is very young, turning 19 in September.  His game is very well developed given his age. Coach Calipari made great use of his versatile skill set, which made him a very valuable player. He is an all-around player known for his defensive skills in contesting shots, but he is also aggressive offensively in attacking the glass. He is willing to make hustle plays, with an uncanny knack to be at the right place at the right time. Some of these skills you can’t teach; you either have it or you don’t. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has it. He is number two on my wish list for the 2012 draft.