NBA Draft scouting report: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist


NBA Draft scouting report: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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If you subscribe to the theory that the Warriors top priority is small forward, then you probably would like to see them figure out a way to acquire Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on draft day.Kidd-Gilchrist played only one season at Kentucky, but he was an integral part of their championship team. His defense is ahead of his offense at this point, but his body is already pro-ready.RELATED: Warriors draft look: Small forwards
At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Kidd-Gilchrist is the type of player who could give you a size advantage at that position for his entire career. And if he can add some shooting to his game, its possible he could become a star.Few players in this draft are any tougher than Kidd-Gilchrist and probably not anyone playing the small forward spot. Nobody doubts the Warriors could use a little more toughness on their roster.Weeks back, it appeared Kidd-Gilchrist was certain to be a top-three selection, but there is talk hes slipping.Its unlikely Kidd-Gilchrist would slip all the way to No. 7 when the Warriors draft but if they think hell slip to, say, No. 5, would the Warriors be willing to try to make something happen with Sacramento, owners of that selection?

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.

He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.

What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:

"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.

"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.

"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.

"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.

"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

The Warriors ended the Blazers' season with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

And Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum now has some free time on his hands.

On Thursday, his flight got delayed, so he held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter.

One question asked: "First thing that comes to mind when u think of the Warriors?'

McCollum's response:

The Warriors averaged over 27 assists in the series and shot over 40 percent from 3-point territory.

Golden State has ended Portland's season each of the last two years.

McCollum was terrific in Game 1 (41 points) and Game 3 (32 points) but struggled in Game 2 (11 points, 4 for 17) and Game 4 (six points, 2 for 12).

Next season is Year 1 of the 4-year, $106.6 million contract he signed last summer.