MKG is starting to come along nicely. Albeit his occasional rookie mistakes, I wish Dunlap will keep him on the floor more. It seem like the team tend to go on runs when he's on the court. He's the only player on the Bobcats to have a positive +/- stat line in all three games, even the blowout by the Mavs.
I didn't know that fact about his +/-. Nice.
I think there is a silver lining if Dunlap keeps him down around 25 minutes a game this year. He obvioulsy has no long range shot, and he relies on constantly attacking and getting hit in the lane. We could save his wear and tear a bit until he develops that jumper and we are actually(hopefully) in a playoff hunt.
I think he need to average at least 25 mins a game for us this season to get the full value out of him. He makes things happen when he's on the court and thats exactly what we need !
Now let me preface this by saying my homer glasses may be a little tight, and we do have such a small sample size....
But don't most NBA rookies come into the league wide eyed and completely lost, especially defensively? Even the more talented ones may struggle to get playing time until they understand the basic principles of NBA level defense, often finding themselves out of position or completely lost in rotations.
Especially rookies that are teenagers, they don't have the strength, experience, or proper coaching to know how to properly guard a professional player.
However, it seems to me in just 3 games that MKG has an elite understanding of defensive principles. He reads passing lanes exceedingly well, his defensive positioning on the perimeter is textbook, he doesn't fall for all the fakes and veteran tricks, and his ability to recover quickly and explode to block shots - these are all things it takes years for players to master, and yet he seems to innately have this skill as a 19 year old rookie.
Now, its easy to see offensive phenoms coming in as rookies, as they can put up points in bunches, but MKG might be the defensive equivalent to this. He's not strong enough yet to be a complete shut down defender, but over time, with his instincts and tenacity, why couldn't he be a Rodman type defender? I mean, he already looks like Gerald Wallace defensively in his prime.
The conversation around his game will always go back to his jumper, but I do think the big story now should be how advanced he seems to be on defense. Has a rookie ever made the All Defensive team before?
Like I said, I may be viewing him in a more optimistic light, but having a positive +/-, despite 2 losses and 1 blowout, that should say something about his impact on the game, especially with such modest offensive numbers.
Edited to add - MKG is currently leading all rookies in steals, blocks, and rebounds per game. Probably won't last, but impressive nonetheless.
Last edited by QC Thundercats; 11-09-2012 at 03:12 AM.
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Now ... if he can just get that jumper going in the next couple of years ...
Man MKG is the real deal!
i would caution us against reading too much into his stats because our team defense is absolutely horrid. people are out of position, not rotating etc so some of the steals and rebounds are coming from the chaos (in a bad way) and the helter skelter running game we are trying (and failing) to play. but his defense is still an A+ for a rookie.
At the end of the PHX game I noticed something about MKG. He attacked the rim fiercely and it worked out well. He did not have that instinct at the start of the game, but as he got more comfortable I saw his aggressiveness increase. It was a pleasant surprise to see all that effort at the end of the game. He also has ran the fast break well. His passing is better than I thought it would be at this point in his career. His shooting is as bad as many of us feared though. He has the tools to be a force in the league.
he will be up for tonights game vs the hornets and Davis !
MKG is averaging 9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 1.8 SPG so far this season, ive been very impressed with his defensive and his offense will only improve !