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Dallas Mavericks: Grading Michael Kidd Gilchrist’s 2019-2020 season

Dallas Mavericks Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Dallas Mavericks, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Grading Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s time with the Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks were looking for ways to improve their roster in February. The trade deadline had just passed meaning the buyout market was in full swing. The Charlotte Hornets decided to waive Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Feb. 8. After a few days, he signed with the Mavs. Ryan Broekhoff was waived in a corresponding move.

The Mavericks viewed MKG as an upgrade. The 26-year-old was the number two overall pick in 2012. Kidd-Gilchrist is known as a plus defender, but he had only played in 12 of the Hornets 51 games up to that point. He needed time to work his way into game shape and find his rhythm.

Coach Rick Carlisle brought him along slowly. Kidd Gilchrist did not play until after the All-Star break. It was limited minutes in nine straight games from there.

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Those would end up being the only ones too. MKG did not play in the Mavericks final three games before the NBA suspended action because of an illness. The abrupt halt crushed the momentum of Kidd-Gilchrist’s return.

With play suspended, now is the perfect time to look back and examine what happened in the Dallas Mavericks first 67 games. Today, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist takes the spotlight. We will examine his offensive and defensive contributions before crafting an overall grade for his time with the Mavs so far.

Note: Kidd-Gilchrist’s play with the Hornets will not be factored into the marks. It was a limited sample and has little predictive value for what Mavs fans could see during NBA Orlando.

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