Although most mock drafts, including our own, were busted by the second pick of the night, Charlotte had a plan and they mastered that with picks No. 2 and 31 picking up Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor of Vanderbilt. Each player is a stellar defender, an elite-caliber defender, with no real glaring weaknesses. Kidd-Gilchrist has arguably the best motor in the Draft. He is a relentless hustle player who digs in on both ends of the floor, locking down opposing wings and driving the ball with steady aggressiveness on the offensive end. His jump shot is a work in progress, but shows promise.
The second athletic wing is college senior, Jeff Taylor, a player that we had projected in the 20s on our latest Big Boards given his high-level of athleticism and ability to excel on the defensive end of the floor. Just like Kidd-Gilchrist, Taylor has been working on his perimeter game, especially as a spot-up where he knocked down 42.3 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.
Each player has a winning tradition, Kidd-Gilchrist obviously coming from Kentucky and winning a national championship to the famed-St. Patrick's prior to. Taylor won just under 100 games during his college career.
Along with the shot-blocking presence of Bismack Biyombo and harassing defensive-style of Kemba Walker, Charlotte has the makings to a much-improved roster in 2012-13.