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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | Forward

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/26/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 232
College: Kentucky
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (torn labrum) will meet with a team orthopedist on Tuesday to discuss his rehab options, but it's "more likely that not" that he will have surgery.
MKG dislocated his right shoulder during an exhibition and an MRI revealed the structural damage. Surgery would lead to a six-month rehab, effectively keeping him out for the entire season. He would miss 6-8 weeks if he rehabilitated the joint without surgery, but that might leave him vulnerable for another labral tear in the future. It's a massive blow to the Hornets' playoff hopes, and all signs point to MKG taking the safer surgical route. P.J. Hairston, Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams would all get a shot at a starting job if MKG is done for the year. Oct 5 - 6:48 PM

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needs right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and he will likely miss the entire season.

His initial timetable for recovery is six months, leaving a slight possibility that he'll return in early-to-mid April. This is devastating news for MKG and the Hornets, who inked him to a four-year, $52 million extension this summer. Nicolas Batum will likely have to fill the void at SF with Jeremy Lamb, P.J. Hairston, Troy Daniels and possibly Jeremy Lin all chipping in at SG. Marvin Williams could also spend more time at SF but there are no easy answers for Charlotte.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI in Charlotte on Monday.

The MRI will determine whether he has any structural damage, at which point the Hornets should provide a timetable for his return. If MKG is forced to miss any regular-season action, expect Nic Batum to play more SF with minutes also opening up for P.J. Hairston, Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams.
Oct 4 - 5:21 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will meet the Hornets in Miami on Sunday before flying with the team to Charlotte.

The severity of MKG's injury has yet to be determined, but it's somewhat encouraging that he's joining the team one day after the dislocation. Nicolas Batum won't play Sunday as a precaution but he's the perceived favorite to start at SF in MKG's absence, with Jeremy Lamb a likely option at SG. The Hornets are hoping that arrangement won't last long. We'll update MKG's timetable as soon as more details emerge.
Oct 4 - 4:45 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Saturday's preseason game.

A dislocated shoulder is much worse than a dislocated finger and it almost certainly will cost him some time. All injuries are different, but Kevin Love needed 4-6 months off while Iman Shumpert needed just one month last year. This will all come down to if he needs surgery or not. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated on Monday.
Oct 4 - 12:11 AM

X-rays were negative on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) on Saturday and he will not travel with the team.

This is good news, but he's not out of the wood yet. Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated on Monday in Charlotte, which likely includes an MRI. The Hornets were really counting on him this year, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Hopefully, his MRI comes back clean.
Oct 4 - 12:06 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) was taken to the hospital to get X-rays.

Not good. The X-rays will be looking for any sort of severe dislocation of his shoulder or perhaps he hurt his collarbone after falling face first. This would be a brutal blow for MKG and the Hornets, who would be razor thin at the three. Marvin Williams and P.J. Hairston would get most of the run there with Marvin having value in deep leagues.
Oct 3 - 9:31 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a right shoulder injury on Saturday.

He slipped, fell hard, and tweaked his shoulder on the crash landing. Kidd-Gilchrist was holding his shoulder in his way back to the locker room. We'll be looking for an update on this one. If he's out, we should see a lot more of Marvin Williams playing small forward.
Oct 3 - 8:58 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he doesn't feel any added pressure now that he's signed a four-year, $52 million contract.

"This isn’t pressure. This is adding fuel to the fire. But as far as the pressure part? I’m comfortable in my own skin. I work as hard as I can every day," he said. Kidd-Gilchrist also added that he's not going to change the way he plays. While he is a core player in reality for Charlotte, MKG is not much of a fantasy option for owners in standard formats.
Aug 31 - 9:32 AM

The Hornets officially signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a four-year, $52 million extension on Wednesday.

"Michael is a huge part of what we are trying to build here in Charlotte," said GM Rich Cho. "He has dedicated himself to improving and expanding his game. Michael continues to develop on both ends of the court and has become a key piece of our team. We are thrilled that he is a Charlotte Hornet." MKG only managed to make it through 55 games last season, compiling averages of 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on 46.5 percent shooting from the field and 70.1 percent from the charity stripe. He's not a great fantasy option in standard leagues.
Aug 26 - 1:55 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a four-year extension worth $52 million with the Charlotte Hornets.

While the Hornets have locked up their defensive stopper, it's a bit curious to see that much money go to a player with such a raw offensive game. MKG has had trouble avoiding injury during his career, but he'll see big minutes as long as he can stay healthy and should be viewed as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 9:35 AM

The Hornets and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are finalizing a four-year extension worth $52 million.

That's a lot of money for a guy who still hasn't figured out his jumper. That said, MKG is a terrific defender and he has improved as an offensive weapon. He should get plenty of minutes at small forward and a few at the four, too. He's a late-round flier at best.
Aug 24 - 9:06 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) has been able to do some light shooting and dribbling, and he will be cleared to start cutting in a couple of weeks.

It has taken MKG a long time to get over this ankle issue, but it looks like he is finally making some good progress. The trade of Lance Stephenson could open up even more minutes for MKG, but his game simply hasn't translated to fantasy too well. During the 2014-15 campaign, MKG averaged 10.9 points, 7.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 steals while shooting 46.5 percent from the field.
Jun 18 - 1:27 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) worked out on Monday.

He still had a brace on his left ankle and doesn't appear to be 100 percent yet. Kidd-Gilchrist did make some strides as a shooter thanks to coach Mark Price, but he's still offering limited upside in fantasy leagues.
Jun 8 - 4:23 PM

Hornets GM Rich Cho said Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was "probably" the Hornets most-improved player this season.

That would be a dramatic understatement. Kidd-Gilchrist finished the season averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 boards, but that alone is not an accurate representation of his value. Tasked with defending the opposition's best perimeter player, MKG is growing into his role as a lockdown defender in this league.
Apr 20 - 11:23 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Jeremy Lamb
3Troy Daniels
4Elliot Williams
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2P.J. Hairston
3Sam Thompson
PF1Frank Kaminsky
2Marvin Williams
3Tyler Hansbrough
4Cody Zeller
C1Al Jefferson
2Spencer Hawes
3Jason Washburn