Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a 4-year extension worth $52 million with the Charlotte Hornets, according to multiple reports.
6-foot-7 Kidd-Gilchrist considerably improved his offensive abilities, as revealed by the previous season’s stats. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists last season. The forward was plagued by injury and could feature in only 55 games.
The 21-year-old forward shot 46.5 percent from the field, and his jump shot also improved from previous seasons.
Kidd-Gilchrist, the MVP of Hornets
Hew was arguably the most valuable player on the Hornets’ roster last season. While he was sidelined by injury, the team won only 6 of 27 games and was outscored by an average 9.1 PEG.
He worked tirelessly under former NBA All-star and former Hornets’ assistance coach Mark Price to develop his jump shot and improved. Price became the head coach of Charlotte 49ers.
Forward Gilchrist became a favorite of the Hornets chief coach Steve Clifford last season.
“He’s totally changed his shooting mechanics, really more than any player I’ve ever seen,” Clifford said in an The Associated Press in April. “It’s increased his confidence level. His whole leadership, assertiveness on the court and his understanding of the game has come out more for his teammates as he’s gotten more confident.”
With Kidd-Gilchrist in the line up, the Hornets were 27-28 last season, and failed miserably without him. He posted 12 double-doubles last season.