Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
27-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kidd-Gilchrist has essentially watched his production dwindle with every passing season due to both injuries and his uncertain fit in the modern NBA. Now, with the Hornets likely shifting to a focus on the development of their young talent, Kidd-Gilchrist's fit in the franchise becomes even murkier heading into the 2019-20 season. Kidd-Gilchrist appeared in 64 games for the Hornets last year and averaged a career-low 18.4 minutes per game to go along with a career-worst average of 6.7 points. While he has established himself as a strong, versatile defender, his offensive game has been completely lacking even after seven NBA seasons. Now, after exercising his $13 million player option for the 2019-20 season, Kidd-Gilchrist is officially in a contract year. But the minutes he is going to see under coach James Borrego may continue to dwindle, especially with the emergence of young wing players like Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon to go along with the frontcourt addition of P.J. Washington with the 12th pick in this year's draft. Even when Kidd-Gilchrist is on the court, however, his production has hardly ever made him a reliable fantasy asset. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Mavericks in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Michael Anthony Edward Kidd-Gilchrist was born in 1993 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Michael Gilchrist Sr. and Cindy Richardson. At St. Patrick High School in New Jersey, he was selected to the All-State team three times and played his junior year with Kyrie Irving. As a senior, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 20.2 points and 11 rebounds on a team that only lost once that season -- in the New Jersey State Championship. As one of the top recruits in 2011, he was named Mr. Basketball USA and a McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-Star. MKG also represented his country at the 2010 FIBA U-17 World Championship and 2011 Nike Hoop Summit. You can follow Kidd-Gilchrist on Twitter (@MKG14).

College/International Summary

Kidd-Gilchrist spent one season at Kentucky and they won a National Championship. Not too shabby. Granted, the team did have Anthony Davis and other talented players as well, but the 6-foot-7 forward brought a defensive intensity that is often missing from college teams, particularly young squads. The freshman scored in double digits in 12 of his first 14 games. He had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a win over North Carolina and was even better in a win over Louisville. Kidd-Gilchrist burned the Cardinals for 24 points and 19 rebounds in 39 minutes. His offense was not as consistent in SEC play, but he always helped the Wildcats on the defensive end. In the NCAA Tournament, he was consistently assigned the toughest offensive player. Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds to the win over Indiana and averaged 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Big Dance as Kentucky beat Louisville (again) and Kansas in New Orleans for the championship. After one season, Kidd-Gilchrist made himself available for the NBA Draft, where the Charlotte Bobcats selected him with the second overall pick.

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FDallas Mavericks
August 23, 2020
Kidd-Gilchrist had three points (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and three rebounds in 19 minutes during Sunday's 135-133 Game 4 overtime win against the Clippers.
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Kidd-Gilchrist was one of three Mavericks reserves who saw double-digit minutes. In fact, he earned more minutes in this one than he did in the first three playoff games this series combined (15), as the absence of Kristaps Porzingis (knee) opened up some playing time. Nevertheless, Kidd-Gilchrist is a defensive specialist who typically doesn't contribute much offensively and thus warrants fairly minimal attention for fantasy purposes.
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2019

Kidd-Gilchrist began the 2019-20 season with the Charlotte Hornets. He appeared in 12 games for Charlotte and averaged 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per contest. On Dec. 11, in a win over the Nets, Kidd-Gilchrist provided season highs in points (11), rebounds (seven) and assists (two) in 20 minutes. He matched that rebounding total two days later in a win over the Bulls, where he also provided two points and one assist in 20 minutes. On Feb. 8, the forward was waived by Charlotte. He was picked up Feb. 11 by the Dallas Mavericks. The Kentucky product made his Mavericks debut Feb. 21 in a win over the Magic, playing four minutes. He appeared in 13 total games for the Mavericks, totaling 12 points, 32 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in 121 minutes. His best performance while on Dallas was Aug. 13 -- in the NBA Orlando bubble -- against the Suns. During that seeding game, he recorded six points, three rebounds, one assist and one block in 21 minutes. Kidd-Gilchrist appeared in all six Mavericks playoff games against the Clippers. In the postseason, he averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per contest.

2018

Kidd-Gilchrist played in 64 games for the Hornets in 2018-19. Though he largely came off the bench, he did start three games. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 combined steals/blocks over 18.4 minutes per game. Kidd-Gilchrist shot 47.6 percent from the floor and 77.2 percent from the foul line. Known for his defensive prowess, Kidd-Gilchrist swatted a career-high seven shots at Miami on Oct. 20. All told, he delivered nine games with two or more blocks. On Nov. 9, MKG tallied a double-double with 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds at Philadelphia. He racked up a season-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting at Milwaukee on Jan. 25, adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Kentucky product scored in double figures on 18 occasions. On Apr. 1, Kidd-Gilchrist collected a season-high three steals at Utah.

2017

Kidd-Gilchrist started 74 games for the Hornets in 2017-18, his sixth season with the franchise. He duplicated his scoring average from the year before (9.2 points per game) despite playing four fewer minutes per game (25.0). That was partly due to a 50.4 field-goal percentage, the second-best of his career. He added 4.1 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game as well. Known for his quick hands on the defensive end, the veteran collected a season-high four steals to accompany a 17-point effort at Oklahoma City on Dec. 11. Perhaps MKG's best game of the year came Dec. 13 at Houston, when he grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds while scoring 18 points. That was one of his two double-doubles on the year, but it wasn't his top offensive effort. That had come a month earlier, Nov. 15 against Cleveland, when he scored 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, adding six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. All told, he scored in double figures on 33 occasions.

2016

Kidd-Gilchrist bounced back from an injury-marred campaign the year before by appearing in 81 games (all starts) for the Hornets in 2016-17. He delivered 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds while setting new career highs with 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He had a huge Opening Night, delivering 23 points along with 14 rebounds, a steal and a block Oct. 26 against Milwaukee. That was one of 18 occasions on which he pulled down double-digit boards -- including 14 another three times -- and he double-doubled in 11 of those contests. He turned in a 47.7 field-goal percentage, his highest in any season other than his seven-game 2015-16. MKG also put up the best free-throw percentage of his career, posting a 78.4 mark. He set a new personal best in steals with six Mar. 2 against Phoenix. The veteran forward also picked up a new single-game high in blocks, repeating the feat on four occasions.

2015

A shoulder injury suffered during preseason play cost Kidd-Gilchrist much of the 2015-16 campaign. He didn't make his debut until Jan. 16, when he returned to score 13 points with seven boards against Portland. Kidd-Gilchrist went on to step right back into the starting lineup and excel for a seven-game span before reinjuring his shoulder and missing the remainder of the season. He averaged 12.7 points per game over that brief stretch, a marked improvement over the previous season's career-high 10.9, while shooting 54.1 percent from the field -- easily a career high. Long known for his jump-shooting issues, MKG even hit 3-of-7 shots from downtown -- equaling the number of threes he'd made in the last three seasons combined. The Kentucky product added 6.4 rebounds per game as well. He double-doubled twice consecutively, posting a 19-point, 12-rebound performance against the Lakers on Jan. 31 and 11 points with a season-high 13 boards against Cleveland three days later. Kidd-Gilchrist scored 20 points in his penultimate game of the season, Feb. 8 against Charlotte.

2014

Kidd-Gilchrist had a resurgent 2014-15 season for the newly renamed Hornets. He set new career-high averages in points (10.9) and rebounds (7.6) while again contributing on the defensive end with 1.2 combined steals and blocks per game. Perhaps not coincidentally, he enjoyed a career-high 28.9 minutes per game. Even though a variety of injuries limited him to 55 games (52 starts), he delivered plenty of impressive performances. The third-year forward started out hot before getting hurt, scoring 17 points in the season opener against Milwaukee on Oct. 29 and following that up with an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double Nov. 1 against Memphis. All told, he posted 12 double-doubles. Kidd-Gilchrist fell a single board short of another double-double in his highest-scoring game of the year, Mar. 11 against Sacramento. In that contest, he posted 23 points, nine rebounds, a steal and two blocks. MKG set a new career high in rebounds with 16 on Jan. 17 against Indiana. In total, he notched double-digit points 35 times on the year.

2013

Kidd-Gilchrist started all 62 games in which he appeared in 2013-14, averaging 7.2 points along with 5.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. That rebounding average ranked second on the Bobcats. He improved his field-goal percentage over his rookie campaign, posting a 47.3 mark. The Kentucky product's best game of the year came Nov. 5 against the Knicks, when Kidd-Gilchrist racked up 16 points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks. He picked up a double-double Mar. 1 against Washington, notching 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Bobcats enjoyed a significantly improved season as a team, making the playoffs before falling to Miami in the first round. Kidd-Gilchrist thus got his first taste of playoff action, starting all four games. He recorded his first career postseason double-double in Game 2 against the Heat, delivering 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting along with 10 rebounds and a block.

2012

The Bobcats took Kidd-Gilchrist second overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, and he stepped right into a starting role as a rookie, coming off the bench only once in 78 games. Barely 19 years old at the start of the season, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.9 blocks across 26.0 minutes per game. MKG ranked second on the Bobcats in total blocks and rebounds, and third in steals. He delivered strong percentages both from the field (45.8 percent) and from the line (74.9 percent). The Kentucky product flashed his wide-ranging skill set right away. In his second NBA game, Nov. 2 against the Pacers, he racked up 13 points, five boards, five steals and a block for the first of his six double-doubles on the season. Just over a week later, Nov. 10 against the Mavericks, Kidd-Gilchrist dropped 25 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two blocks. He did himself one better Dec. 19 against Phoenix with another 25-point, 12-rebound game -- this time adding four assists, three steals and a block. For his efforts, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2012
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Charlotte Bobcats
  • August 26, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets
  • February 8, 2020
    Bought out by the Hornets.
  • February 10, 2020
    Signed a rest-of-season contract with the Mavericks.
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Though Kidd-Gilchrist has started in all but four of his 357 appearances with the Hornets, he remains a project offensively. Last year, he posted 9.2 points per game for the second straight season, though managed to set a career-high 50.4 field-goal percentage (aside from the 2015-16 campaign, where he played seven games). While he’s rightly touted as a great defender, it often doesn't translate into stats, as he averaged just a combined 1.1 steals/blocks in 2017-18. His rebounding also took a dip last year with a career-low 4.1 boards per game. However, that can probably be chalked up to the presence of Dwight Howard, who will not be with the team for the upcoming campaign. History would suggest Kidd-Gilchrist will continue starting for Charlotte, though the hiring of new coach James Borrego could be a sign of a rotational shake-up for a team that’s had minimal success recently. Regardless, there’s little to suggest the Kentucky product is due for a breakout year.
Kidd-Gilchrist has forged a reputation as one of the best and most versatile defenders in the league. Most of his value comes on that side of the ball, but he added 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game last season while averaging 9.2 points on nearly 48 percent shooting. Most importantly, Kidd-Gilchrist appeared in 81 games after missing 122 games over his previous four seasons, so a near-full campaign was a breath of fresh air. While Kidd-Gilchrist's complete lack of a perimeter game is a major hindrance, -- nine three-point attempts last season -- he doens't force shots and maintains respectable efficiency, with most of his looks concentrated near the basket. His defense alone should keep him on the floor for nearly 30.0 minutes per game, and if he improves even marginally on the offensive end, he becomes a bit more attractive as a Fantasy commodity.
Injuries have already come to define Kidd-Gilchrist's young career, as he's missed 122 games over the past three seasons. A torn labrum limited Kidd-Gilchrist to just seven games in 2015-16, cutting short what many believed could have been a breakout year for the former No. 2 overall pick. In those seven games, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 54.1 percent from the field, up from his career 46.7 percent mark. While the sample size was obviously small, Kidd-Gilchrist showcased expanded confidence as a shooter, knocking down as many three-pointers (three) as he'd hit in his previous 195 games combined. Kidd-Gilchrist's jumper remains borderline offensive in appearance, but he's steadily improved as a mid-to-long-range shooter since entering the league as a virtual non-factor outside the restricted area. While he'll likely never be a true marksman from deep, the simple threat of shooting the three ball at a reasonable percentage should be enough to help expand his overall offensive game. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to step back into the starting small forward role in which he began last season, which will push Nicolas Batum over to shooting guard and give the Hornets one of the NBA's better defensive wing combinations. Batum projects as the better scorer of the two, while Kidd-Gilchrist should post strong rebounding and field-goal percentage numbers. He won't offer much in terms of assists, though, and his steal rate (1.0% in 2014-15) is substantially lower than his smothering defensive presence would suggest.
In his third season, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 29 minutes per game during 55 games. He shot 47 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line, going the whole year without attempting a single three-pointer. Though Kidd-Gilchrist set a career-low in games played, he set career-highs in points, rebounds, and minutes per game and earned a four-year, $52 million extension this offseason. Already among the top defensive players in the NBA, his versatility on that end allows him to matchup with multiple positions. Given how many new faces there are, it's unclear how the Hornets' rotation will look come October. Yet, continued offensive improvement could result in a breakout year for Kidd-Gilchrist, who turns 22 in September.
Like Bismack Biyombo, but with more on the line, the former No. 2 overall pick is facing somewhat of a do-or-die year as the Hornets have the capability to exercise his option next offseason. However, depending on who you ask, the second-year forward hasn't completely been a bust. According to ESPN's real plus/minus, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ranked in a tie for 6th place (+2.06) among small forwards on defense. Believe it or not, that was higher than noted defensive stalwarts Kawhi Leonard, Luol Deng, and LeBron James, but MKG has obviously struggled on offense, some of which was expected because of his completely re-tooled jump shot. According to that same statistic, MKG ranked 39th on offense (-0.77) for a total real plus/minus of 1.29 — 19th among all small forwards. He has the athleticism to make it in this league, and he also shot well at the rim (56 percent) last season, but until he starts making jumpers consistently, he's nothing more than a role player. By all accounts, he's a jump shot away from being one of the better all-around small forwards in the league. Fantasy-wise, he's still a wait-and-see option due to his limited game on offense.
It's hard not to have some empathy towards Kidd-Gilchrist. He was drafted No. 2 overall, even though he can't shoot, and may not ever be able to shoot (more on this later). He was also drafted by perhaps the most depressing franchise in the league and was asked to step right in and improve the team. And he is also, by all accounts, a great guy and an extremely hard worker. Basically, by no fault of his own, he was put into a situation where he has almost no chance of being considered a good draft pick. There were plenty of rookies last year who were great to own, but MKG simply wasn't one of them. In his rookie campaign, Kidd-Gilchrist made 63 percent of his shots at the rim and 31 percent of his long two-point field goals (16 feet to the three-point line). He was terrible from everywhere else. From three-to-10 feet, he made 28 percent; from 10-to-16 feet, he converted 14 percent; and he hit on 22 percent of his three-point attempts. Overall, he was a 27 percent jump shooter during his rookie season. By comparison, Rudy Gay, who had one of the worst shooting seasons of his career last year, hit 36 percent of his jump shots, and Kevin Durant, who might be the best jump shooter in the league, hit 44 percent of his jumpers. Shooting is obviously not everything, but it's a pretty big thing. That isn't to say he'll kill your field-goal percentage, because he won't, he knows he's not a good shooter. But it does mean that it's hard to expect much more than the 9.0 points per game he averaged last year primarily on dunks and layups. Kidd-Gilchrist's hustle stats averaged out over 36 minutes look decent enough - 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 1.2 blocks per game - but he only played 26 minutes per game last season. There's a little upside here for defensive stats with increased playing time, but that's certainly not guaranteed.
The No. 2 overall pick for the Bobcats in the 2012 NBA Draft should get plenty of opportunities to be one of the key contributors for Charlotte right out of the gate. Billed as an extremely hard worker, Kidd-Gilchrist will add fantasy value by his hunger on the glass and his ability to score in transition. The case could be made that he has the most fantasy upside of any rookie small forward. Nobody on the Bobcats roster has earned any status as a go-to option on offense, but that might not be MKG’s game right out of the gate. His jump shot is a bit unorthodox, but players like Shawn Marion have been able to thrive in the NBA on hustle and athleticism. There is time for his jumper to come a bit later. Ben Gordon, Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker might not be good enough to discourage the rookie from trying to take over at points, and his ability to get to the line will also make him a viable scoring option in tight games. In keeper leagues, he has significantly more value, but he should be drafted in the middle-to-late rounds in almost all formats for the 2012-13 season.
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Not on injury report
FDallas Mavericks
August 2, 2020
Kidd-Gilchrist is not on the Mavs' injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Suns.
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Not available for opener
FDallas Mavericks
Not Injury Related
July 30, 2020
Kidd-Gilchrist will not play during Friday's opener against the Rockets, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Arrives in Orlando
FDallas Mavericks
July 21, 2020
Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) arrived in Orlando on Saturday and is expected to be available for the Mavericks when the team resumes its season July 31 versus the Rockets, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Has yet to enter bubble
FDallas Mavericks
Undisclosed
July 17, 2020
Kidd-Gilchrist isn't yet in the bubble, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports. According to coach Rick Carlisle, "We're working to get him here logistically and we hope that it happens soon."
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Available Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
March 11, 2020
Kidd-Gilchrist (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.
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