Sixers draw tough defender in Kidd-Gilchrist

Sixers draw tough defender in Kidd-Gilchrist
January 15, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is shooting 48 percent this season, but went just 3 for 12 in his Tuesday return from a hand injury. (USA Today Images)

The Sixers host the Bobcats tonight and Charlotte comes in having snapped the Knicks' five-game winning streak Tuesday night with a 10-point win at home.

One of the contributors in that victory was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Kidd-Gilchrist is a Philadelphia native who was selected second overall in the 2012 NBA draft.

Tuesday night was Kidd-Gilchrist’s first game back after missing the previous 19 games with a broken left hand. He scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Brett Brown warned that Kidd-Gilchrist's statistics don’t tell his whole story.

“Defense and running,” Brown said when asked what he sees in the second-year small forward. “His strength at this stage is not his shot, it’s coming along. I know they have spent a ton of time with him because I am close friends with their head coach (Steve Clifford) and have been for years and he loves him.

“And from afar he was drafted as high as he was for a reason. People around the league respect his toughness, his defense and his ability to get out in the open court. And that certainly helped them beat the New York Knicks last night.”

Kidd-Gilchrist limited Carmelo Anthony to 20 points on 9-for-22 shooting, including 0-for-4 from behind the arc.

As for his personal shooting, Kidd-Gilchrist shoots 47.8 percent from the floor but has no three-point game. He is 0 for 6 this season from three and 2 for 15 in his NBA career.

In 19 games this season, all as a starter, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds.

Kidd-Gilchrist is not the only tri-state native on the Bobcats roster -- Gerald Henderson of Episcopal Academy comes to town averaging a career-high 15.7 points per game.