Today, we were blessed with a video from the Hornets' official instagram account. It shows Michael Kidd-Gilchrist taking four jumpshots — all makes — with his new shooting motion. Take a look.
It's no secret that MKG has been working hard to improve his jumpshot this summer. He's spent countless hours working with assistant coach Mark Price on rebuilding his jumper from the ground up, a noble task in itself that shows dedication to his craft. Many players work on their jumpshots during the offseason, but has there ever been such a dramatic transformation in a player's mechanics? I'm not sure.
A few days ago, we heard the Hornets rave about Kidd-Gilchrist's new shooting motion, with head coach Steve Clifford saying he's never seen such a drastic change in a player's form in his 31 years of coaching. Coaches and front offices laud any improvements their players make regardless of how minor they are, and often, the claims they make are seldom actually seen. This is different.
There is literally zero hitch in his shot, he's releasing the ball at the top of his jump, and his hands are placed under and to the side of the ball — where they should be — that allows him to shoot using the same form each time with far more precision than we've seen in the past. His release is still a bit slow, so it's unlikely that we see him isolating and pulling up for midrange jumpers. Still, the very fact that Kidd-Gilchrist can spot up for a midrange jumper or corner three allows the Hornets to spread the floor like they've never been able to when he's playing. That greatly improves his chances of playing in the starting lineup, and makes him less of a liability in crunch time.