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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) (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks defense: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Defense has always been the calling card for Kidd-Gilchrist. He grabbed 2.2 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game for the Mavs. MKG has always been strong on the glass for a wing. The rest of the numbers are not eye-popping, but he defends well on the perimeter.

Kidd-Gilchrist showed flashes with the Mavericks. During the small sample, he was never afraid to take on the opposition’s best scorer. MKG found ways to stop them too despite not being at his best. Fans can see an example as he stays in front of and forces a miss from a driving Jimmy Butler.

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He played over ten minutes, three times in nine games despite not being in top condition. That could be a sign that coach Carlisle plans to use him a bit more in Orlando. Kidd-Gilchrist’s defense will be the reason why.

Defensive grade: C

The sample size is too small to handout a meaningful grade, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a plus defender. He would be called on to stop the opposition’s best defender if Dorian Finney-Smith went down. The Mavs would lose Doe-Doe’s shooting, but MKG should hold his own on the defensive end even in the most difficult matchups.

Next: Overall grade

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