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By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s nice to see that some NBA analysts understand that there is so much more to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist than just scoring. That’s why Ryan Blake, senior director of NBA scouting operations, recently told Bob Finnan of the MorningJournal.com that the UK player’s 26 percent shooting from 3-point range is not a reason to keep him from being perhaps the second picks in the NBA draft behind UK teammate Anthony Davis.
Blake said Kidd-Gilchrist would be a good fit for Cleveland, which needs a small forward and could get the second pick.
“He played alongside a number of great players that could be drafted this year,” Blake said. “He is a great athlete, who has a great motor,” he said. “He’s a tough, physical defender. He attacks the rim and is a good finisher. He’s a good rebounder. When you think about the ability he has, along with his (basketball) IQ and maturity, it’s very important.”
Alonzo Gee started the second half of the season at small forward for the Cavs. However, he is a restricted free agent. Omri Casspi and Luke Walton are also on the roster. All three players would come off the bench on a good team.
Blake told Finnan there is not a consensus No. 2 pick in the draft and says Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal, Connecticut center Andre Drummond, Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson and Kidd-Gilchrist were all possibilities.