Kidd-Gilchrist accumulated 10 points (5-9 FG), 14 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 30 minutes in Thursday's 96-88 preseason win over the Heat.
Kidd-Gilchrist had gone a miserable 14-for-53 (26.4%) from the field in the Hornets' prior five games, and while Thursday's 5-for-9 showing may look like in outlier in that regard, it's worth noting that the forward is a 46.7 percent career shooter over a 202-game sample. The 23-year-old still may fall below that career mark by virtue of assuming a larger offensive role as he enters his fifth NBA season, but probably won't notice a significant enough downgrade to make him a true liability in that category. Instead, it's his lack of scoring and three-pointers relative to most NBA starting small forwards that dings Kidd-Gilchrist's value in fantasy, despite the above-averaging rebounding he provides.
Kidd-Gilchrist recorded four points (2-11 FG), six rebounds and two blocks across 21 minutes in Monday's 98-86 preseason win over the Timberwolves.
Kidd-Gilchrist's effort to take on a larger role on the offensive end hasn't gone well through four preseason games, as the 23-year-old has hit only 11-of-40 (27.5%) of his shot attempts. The forward should still receive enough minutes for him to finish as a double-digit scorer in 2016-17 while providing quality defensive numbers, but if he continues to freely experiment with his outside shot during the season, a steep decline in his shooting percentage could be in store.
Kidd-Gilchrist scored eight points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) to go with five rebounds and a steal in Monday's preseason opener.
The game marked Kidd-Gilchrist's official return after a torn labrum caused him to miss the final 75 contests of the 2015-16 season. The defensive-minded forward started at small forward and played 24 minutes, as Nic Batum, who often filled in at small forward last season, shifted down to the shooting guard spot. Look for Kidd-Gilchrist to continue to be eased back into action, as he looks to pick up where he left off last December, when he flashed an improved offensive game, albeit over a small sample size.
Kidd-Gilchrist was limited to just seven games last season after requiring two surgeries to address a torn labrum, with his latest procedure occurring in February. The fifth-year forward has been known as a defense-first player throughout his career, but he showed some real growth on the other end of the court last season, albeit in a small sample. Over those seven games, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 12.7 points (on 54.1% shooting) to go with 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.3 minutes per contest. Clifford said that Kidd-Gilchrist won't face any restrictions in training camp or during the season, so the 23-year-old makes for a relatively risk-free fantasy pick, despite last season being almost entirely ruined by injury. He's set to start at small forward and could be in line for a career-best production.
Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) expects to be ready to go for the start of next season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Kidd-Gilchrist underwent the second of two surgeries to repair a torn labrum in February, after missing all but seven games during the 2015-16 campaign. He's progressed to the point in his rehab this summer where he's now able to do some shooting, lifting and running, so it appears Kidd-Gilchrist is well on his way to being ready for the start of next season. We'll likely hear more regarding his recovery when training camp nears, but look for him to jump right back into the Hornets' rotation in his first year of the four-year, $52 million contract extension he received back in August.
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