I think both players will be here for a long time but if the question is who would get moved first its Taylor, and its not even really close. MKG is gonna be fine.
Into the crevasse!
"Climb down Lemon, Climb down"
I think both guys have excellent dimensions/intangibles to be great defenders. But to my eye, there are subtle differences that make me feel that MKG has more potential to be a lockdown defender.
Taylor is an explosive athlete, with great straight line speed, good agility, and most important, great understanding of defensive principles and high bball IQ.
In other words, he is a great positional defender, who knows how to get to the right places, the right angles, and he's strong enough and has quick enough feet to really harass a player. And he developed these skills and understanding from 4 years of great coaching at a good basketball program that stresses defense.
With MKG, his muscles twitch a little faster. Taylor has good foot speed, but I feel MKG has elite foot speed and quickness. Watching him run down the floor past other players, his recovery, ability to change directions, and quick bursts are tools he has that few other players possess.
He has an innate knowledge of positioning and how to guard a guy, but he's never been coached at a high level, so he won't understand the nuances of positioning and angles yet. Calipari only wants to run run run, doesn't care about stops, and I'm sure his high school coach just let MKG and Kyrie terrorize teams without worrying about defense.
Besides his quicker feet, I also think MKG has some of the quickest hands already as well. He's always making these ninja swipes on the ball to knock it loose, or reaching into passing lanes for deflections. And he has an incredible knack for finding the ball in the air to block shots.
So ultimately, MKG is behind Taylor right know in understanding all the nuances of playing great positional defense, which is something he can acquire through good coaching and experience. But Taylor, although very athletic, will never have the same super fast twitch muscles that MKG possesses, or the same foot and hand speed, nor the length to disrupt and block shots. When MKG finally figures it all out, I think he will be at the Avery Bradley/Tony Allen level, with the strength of Ron Artest.
I'd give up one of them before I give up MKG. MKG is the epitome of what this team is. Scrappy, high motor, high effort team. Trading him would be a pretty bad decision unless he has bust written all over him.
so, MKG is younger, scores more points, has a higher field goal percentage, has a higher free throw percentage, grabs more rebounds, passes more assists, blocks more shots, has a better defensive rating, and more win shares but there is just no way he will ever, EVER be as good as jeff taylor?