Before free agency, the Knicks heavily eyed Kidd-Gilchrist due to his defensive abilities and connections with the team. He knows assistant coach Kenny Payne from his Kentucky days and is represented by CAA.
To start, the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets drafted Kidd-Gilchrist second overall in 2012. Due to his lack of offensive profile and injuries, he has never lived up to the hype.
In 2019, Kidd-Gilchrist spent time with the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 2.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.
Scoring is not why Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is here. His defensive prowess is what brought him here.
He will get a chance to compete for a roster spot. The current depth chart at small forward looks like this:
It’s important to note that some of these small forwards can play shooting guard as well. But, Kidd-Gilchrist is the only traditional small forward alongside Kevin Knox.
He’s also a local kid, growing up in New Jersey and playing alongside Kyrie Irving in high school.