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On to the links. First up, we have a couple from Hardwood Paroxysm – starting with a roundtable on sophomore obsessions and then a bit more on the Bobcats’ own MKG more specifically.
Brett’s note: responding to prompt of who is your favorite sophomore:
Derek: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. I get to watch a lot of him for Rufus on Fire, and a lot of the focus gets placed on his jumpshot, but he was the league’s youngest player last season and still does several things really well. He even rebounded from hitting his rookie wall to finish the season strongly, which I thought was important to see from him. Favorite to me here probably means favorite to root for, but Kidd-Glichrist is also a talented player.
Hardwood Paroxysm’s Sophomore Crushes – roundtable
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the latest young player whose reputation has suffered from recycled, pre-conceived notions constructed from draft hype that ignores context altogether. Fortunately, Kidd-Gilchrist’s basketball fabric – tireless worker, relentless competitor – is the kind that won’t unravel from such careless, snapshot evaluation. Combined with his burgeoning physical profile, it’s that very attitude why MKG’s future still shines so bright even after a rookie season most deemed disappointing.
My Sophomore Crush: MKG – Jack Winter at Hardwood Paroxysm
Zach Lowe and Bill Simmons are ranking the watchability of all NBA teams – and the Cats weren’t last. Though Zach had them there:
Zach: I had them dead last in my own rankings, which surprised me. I think it’s residual malaise from the last two seasons, and the fact that their court design contains an orange shade that distracts me with images of Creamsicles.
–NBA League Pass Annual Rankings – Zach and Bill at Grantland
Some season preview pieces from around the web:
I leafed through an NBA preview magazine at the grocery store the other day and saw they had estimated the Bobcats to win fewer games than last season. How the fart do you lose more games without Byron Mullens and Tyrus Thomas playing significant minutes? I just don’t see that happening. They’ll probably still be in the lottery, but the new roster should help the development of the young core while not maxing out too soon in a win now mode.
–Charlotte Bobcats 2013-14 preview – Ben Swanson at RufusOnFire
Kidd-Gilchrist is still just 20 years old and has three really desirable qualities. First, he rebounds like Miley Cyrus from bad press. Among SFs with at least 50 games played, MKG was third in total rebounding percentage (12.9%). Second, he really does seem to possess that mythical “ultimate team player” attribute that he became known for in his year at Kentucky.
–Previewing the Bobcats’ Bigs – Blogcat over at BobcatsPlanet takes on the bigs
Previewing the wings – Blogcat at BobcatsPlanet again