Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may be the youngest player in the NBA Draft, but he’s also the one with the biggest will to win. Given the prospect of playing for a losing team in the NBA, Michael recently claimed that he would “cry some nights”. But MKG seems to think there are some playoff-ready teams near the front end of the draft. In particular, the Washington Wizards.
“I mean with John [Wall] and Nene? I think it’s a playoff team,” Kidd-Gilchrist referenced his fellow former Wildcat and the Wizards playoff hopes, when asked how he would fit in Washington. After a follow-up asking if they would be playoff-ready next year, “I mean, I guess. I think it’s a playoff team,” Kidd-Gilchrist reiterated in his typical word-conscious style.
John Wall already informed the world he wanted a back-court partner in Washington, and Kidd-Gilchrist doesn’t seem averse to the idea. There aren’t many teams near the top end of the draft that would provide Kidd-Gilchrist with the wins he so greatly desires, but the deadly combination of Wall and MKG might give the Wizards the spark they need to compete in the East. John Wall hasn’t quite shined like everyone expected, and Michael’s burning desire to succeed alongside his pure work ethic might be enough to bring out Wall’s best too.
One thing’s clear: any team that’s able to get Kidd-Gilchrist will instantly become more competitive. It’s asking a lot of the young man to turn teams into playoff squads, but if anyone could do it, it might just be Michael.
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