Bonnell: Taylor Better than Kidd-Gilchrist
Would it be any surprise if [Jeff] Taylor has a better regular season than [Michael]Kidd-Gilchrist?
The Charlotte Bobcats devoted their 2012 draft to the small forward position. They chose Kidd-Gilchrist No. 2 overall out of Kentucky. They chose Taylor 31st overall – first pick of the second round.
Now Taylor’s confidence is soaring. Through the first seven exhibitions, he shot 47 percent from the field and averaged 11.5 points. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged six points and shot 36 percent from the field.
Taylor addressed a weakness – the lack of a midrange game offensively – over the summer. He’s using that spectacular athleticism to earn a couple of dunks each game. I wrote in the summer of 2012 that Taylor would be the best draft pick in Bobcats history, relative to where he was chosen, and that’s coming to fruition.