Bobcats take Kidd-Gilchrist with 2nd overall pick in NBA draft

Bobcats take Kidd-Gilchrist with 2nd overall pick in NBA draft

Bobcats take Kidd-Gilchrist with 2nd overall pick in NBA draft

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by The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 10:55 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After spending hours considering trade offers, the Charlotte Bobcats used the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to select Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

That came after the New Orleans Hornets selected Kidd-Gilchrist’s college teammate, Anthony Davis, first overall. This was the first time in NBA history that the first two picks came from the same school.

Kidd-Gilchrist is known as an intense defender, somewhat similar to former Bobcat Gerald Wallace. However, he’s quite limited as a jump-shooter and ballhandler for the small forward position.

The Bobcats were deep in trade discussions in the hours leading to the draft, with the Cleveland Cavaliers, among others. The Cavs, picking fourth, were apparently looking to trade up to the second pick to select Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal. Beal went third overall to the Washington Wizards.

The Charlotte Bobcats also took Vanderbilt small forward Jeff Taylor with the 31st overall pick in the NBA draft.

 

Taylor is player who is considered a good scorer from the wing. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor averaged 16.1 points, second-best in the SEC and chipped in with 5.6 rebounds per game last season.

 

He worked hard in the offseason to improve his 3-point stroke and it certainly paid off. Taylor connected on more 3-pointers as a senior (66) than he did his first three seasons (49). With opponents forced to respect his perimeter game, Taylor became more dangerous when driving the lane.

 

The Bobcats traded away their starting small forward Corey Maggette Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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