The Sickest Athletes of the 2012 NBA Draft
Our eight favorite NBA draft picks, and the highlight videos that prove why they deserve multi-million-dollar contracts.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats) 2nd pick overall
Weight: 233 lbs.
The Kentucky Wildcats made it back-to-back top picks (first time in NBA history) when Charlotte selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the no. 2 pick of the draft. Coming off the worst season for a team in NBA history (albeit in a lockout-shortened year), the Bobcats needed help everywhere, and got a player who can do a little bit of everything. Kidd-Gilchrist is defined by his relentless play on the court, and for having a non-stop motor, garnering comparisons to Andre Iguodala, one of the NBA’s fiercest competitors.
Kidd-Gilchrist has unrivaled speed and strength in the open floor, somewhat similar to LeBron James’ freight train like ability to go coast to coast. Kidd-Gilchrist’s sprinting and vertical leap are two big attributes of his athletic style of play, coupled with the sheer strength to welcome contact as he goes to the rim. Kidd-Gilchrist still needs to work on his “broken” jumper (as some like to call it), but will surely be a valuable asset no matter what type of shooter he becomes. The Bobcats can certainly expect more wins with him on the floor.