The Bobcats look to improve to 3-0 in summer league play tonight in Vegas. Tonight at 10:30 ET Charlotte will face a Minnesota team that is headlined by Derrick Williams (2011 #2 overall pick), Wesley Johnson and 2012 draftee Robbie Hummel. The T’Wolves are 1-0 so far in summer league, coming off a game where Minny defeated the Clippers summer league squad 73-64- led by Wesley Johnson and Derrick Williams who scored 16 & 15, respectively.
After being without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Sunday night the Bobcats still found a way to scrape out a win against Cleveland, but tonight the Cats should be getting MKG back after resting his sore knee two night’s ago. Kidd-Gilchrist scored 18, pulled down 8 rebounds and added 5 assist in his debut vs Sacramento. He should be matched up against Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams at times tonight, so it will certainly be interesting to see him go up against two guys with NBA experience already under their belt.
Kemba Walker, a player who has drawn mixed reviews from many so far in summer league, is also getting props for the role he’s slowly morphing into. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer was glaring about how much he believes Kemba is progressing under new coach Mike Dunlap this morning on WFNZ 610am. Bonnell commented that he has seen Kemba take on a leadership role and also offered this quote:
“I have seen all kinds of signs of a guy who’s getting his act together with a new coach.”
Although Walker is shooting a pitiful 23% from the field through two games in summer league, he does lead the team in scoring (29 points total) and has gotten to the foul line nearly three times as much as any other player on the roster (20 FTA). There are a lot of negatives that stick out about his play so far, but on the same token his attitude and willingness to be a leader must be soaring under Dunlap. According to Bonnell, at least.
The most intriguing player on the Bobcats summer league roster is second round pick Jeffery Taylor. He’s also been the most efficient player for Charlotte so far this summer. Taylor is averaging 14.5 PPG through two games and also shooting 48% from the field. Taylor could be regarded as one of the best draft picks this organization has ever made considering where he was drafted (31st overall). Taylor is very highly regarded as a lights out shooter from behind the arc, but he’s shown his ability to attack the basket and finish near the rim so far this summer. 16 of Taylor’s 25 FGA have come within the 3-point line.
With Kidd-Gilchrist back in the lineup tonight, expect the Bobcats to get back to pushing the tempo as they did in their opener against Sacramento. Who knows what kind of minutes MKG will see tonight, but the intensity that he plays with will allow Charlotte to initiate the chaotic tempo Dunlap likes to force other teams into.
PREDICTION: Bobcats- 90 Timberwolves- 75