• An improved mid-range jump shot has made it easier for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to get to the rim and to not be an offensive liability.

    Over the first 30 games of the 2017-18 season, Kidd-Gilchrist is making 59 percent of his shots between 10 and 16 feet from the basket. Over his entire career, he’s made 41 percent of those shots. He has reached double-figures scoring in five of his past seven games and has scored nine in each of the other two. During that seven game span, he averaged 13.7 points and shot 59 percent from the field. “He’s a confident shooter in a way he wasn’t in the past,” said Stephen Silas, filling in for Steve Clifford, who is on a medical leave. “If he misses one, he’ll take the next one, and that says a lot about him.” After a slow start MKG is slowly returning borderline top-150 value and even though his rebounds are down due to the presence of Dwight Howard he is still a nice source of steals and blocks.

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