The Hornets might have lost their best defender, but their offense should definitely improve slightly when one considers Kidd-Gilchrist’s lack of any kind of reliable outside jump shot, something Lamb, Hairston and Batum all possess. Further updates on his status will be provided when available.
Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a separated right shoulder in Saturday’s preseason victory over Orlando, and an MRI on Monday in Charlotte revealed the need for surgery.
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A timetable of six months will keep Kidd-Gilchrist out until early April, forcing him to perhaps miss the entire season, unless the team is able to notch a playoff spot in which we could possibly see MKG ready for the postseason.
Kidd-Gilchrist’s statistics (10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season) have never measured his impact on the Hornets.
With no true rim protector on the roster after the team gave up on Bismack Biyombo (neither veteran Al Jefferson nor rookie Frank Kaminsky fits the billing and Cody Zeller is still too inconsistent), the Hornets will have a really hard time on the defensive end of the floor next season. Although, with MKG in the lineup, that defensive rating fell to 96.3.
Charlotte signed MKG to a four-year, million contract extension over the off-season, which says a lot of how Charlotte feels about him going forward.