Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd Gilchrist cropped.jpg
Kidd-Gilchrist in 2012
No. 14 – Charlotte Hornets
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-09-26) September 26, 1993 (age 20)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Patrick (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
CollegeKentucky (2011–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Pro career2012–present
Career history
2012–presentCharlotte Bobcats / Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd Gilchrist cropped.jpg
Kidd-Gilchrist in 2012
No. 14 – Charlotte Hornets
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-09-26) September 26, 1993 (age 20)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Patrick (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
CollegeKentucky (2011–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Pro career2012–present
Career history
2012–presentCharlotte Bobcats / Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Anthony Edward Kidd-Gilchrist (born Michael Gilchrist on September 26, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

High school career[edit]

Kidd-Gilchrist during a game in February 2010

Kidd-Gilchrist grew up in Somerdale, New Jersey, and was raised by his mother, Cindy Richardson, and his stepfather, Vincent Richardson,[1] after Kidd-Gilchrist's father died before Michael's third birthday.[2] While attending basketball powerhouse St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was considered one of the best basketball players in the United States.[3] He was ranked as the #3 player by ESPN.com,[4] and Rivals.com;[5] while Scout.com ranked him as the #1 player at his position.[6] In July 2010, Gilchrist, along with former Kentucky teammate Marquis Teague, were a part of the gold medal winning team in the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.[7] Gilchrist's senior year at St. Patrick High School was a pivotal storyline in the HBO documentary Prayer for a Perfect Season.


High School Awards & Honors[edit]

College career[edit]

Gilchrist committed to attend the University of Kentucky on April 14, 2010.[8]

In the first game of the 2011-12 season and his career as a Wildcat, Kidd-Gilchrist was a starter and scored 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting against the Marist Red Foxes. In his second game against the 11th ranked Kansas Jayhawks, Kidd-Gilchrist scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a 75-65 victory in Madison Square Garden. In a rivalry game against the 5th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in Rupp Arena, Kidd-Gilchrist lead Kentucky in scoring with 17 points and had 11 rebounds, giving him his first double double as a Wildcat. Against the 4th ranked Louisville Cardinals, Kidd-Gilchrist turned in his most dominating performance of the season with 24 points and 19 rebounds, shooting a career high 13 free throws and having his first zero-turnover game at Kentucky. This was enough to lead Kentucky to a 69-62 victory in Lexington.

College statistics[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2011–12Kentucky403931.1.491.255.7457.41.91.00.911.9

College Awards & Honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets[edit]

In April 2012, Michael declared for the 2012 NBA Draft. On June 28, he was drafted second overall by the Charlotte Bobcats.[9]

On July 7, 2012, the Bobcats signed Kidd-Gilchrist to a rookie scale contract.[10]

On November 10, 2012, Kidd-Gilchrist recorded his first career double-double in a 101-97 win against the Dallas Mavericks. He had 25 points and 12 rebounds. This makes him one of only five players under the age of 20 to record 25+ points and grab 12+ rebounds in their careers, and the second youngest to do it behind LeBron James.

On February 2, 2013, Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a concussion after a collision with a teammate in a game against the Houston Rockets.[11]

On May 14, 2013, the NBA named Kidd-Gilchrist to the 2012–13 All-Rookie second team.[12]

Kidd-Gilcrist had a very good performance during game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Miami Heat. He scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and shot 9-13 from the floor. The Heat went on to sweep the Bobcats. During that offseason he spent time with shooting coach Mark Price to work on his jump-shot.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13Charlotte787726.0.458.222.7495.81.5.7.99.0
2013–14Charlotte626224.2.473.111.6145.2.8.7.67.2
Career14013925.2.464.167.6825.61.2.7.88.2

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2014Charlotte4422.8.519.000.6006.51.50.00.58.5
Career4422.8.519.000.6006.51.50.00.58.5

Personal life[edit]

Gilchrist's father died August 11, 1996 from multiple gunshot wounds. He watches the movie The Lion King once a week because he watched it almost every day with his father until he was three years old. Gilchrist committed to Kentucky on April 14, 2010, which would have been his father's 44th birthday.[13]

Gilchrist's father played alongside Milt Wagner on a state championship team at Camden High in 1981. Wagner's son, former NBA player Dajuan Wagner, is Gilchrist's cousin.[14]

On July 7, 2011, Gilchrist announced via Twitter that he had legally changed his last name to Kidd-Gilchrist, in order to honor the other important man in his life, his uncle Darrin Kidd. Kidd died on the day Gilchrist was set to sign his letter of intent to play at the University of Kentucky.[15]

Kidd-Gilchrist suffers from stuttering. Due to his stutter, he has developed an anxiety in front of media, although he has made tremendous strides in overcoming this.[16]

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