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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to represent Charlotte Hornets at NBA Draft lottery show

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With the NBA Draft lottery just over a week away, we now know who will represent the Hornets when the ping pong balls drop.

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It's decided.

The NBA Draft lottery is just over a week away — May 19 — and now we know who will represent the Hornets on television when the ping pong balls drop. It's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Kidd-Gilchrist is coming off his third and best season as a pro, and it's nice to see the swingman rewarded for his growth and stellar play this season. Even if it is something as inane and superficial as the NBA Draft lottery show.

Kidd-Gilchrist is slowly blossoming into the face of the Charlotte Hornets, and this is another step in raising his profile for the national audience. Anyone covering the NBA closely knows how important MKG is to the team, but as of yet most casual fans don't know who he is. Heck, I bet most still think the Hornets are the Bobcats. And that's fine.

The Hornets haven't done much to warrant attention from the rest of North America. Sure, they made the playoffs last season. But they were quickly swept by the Miami Heat. Yeah, they signed Al Jefferson a couple of years ago. But he's been hurt a lot, and his play took a step back this season. Lance Stephenson? Ha, right. The only thing really pushing the Hornets into the national media's attention is the development of Charlotte's young players, and Kidd-Gilchrist is the face of that movement.

But even that's not all that interesting to the national media. Case in point? MKG didn't receive a single vote for Most Improved Player this season, despite the fact his growth was considerably more noticeable than a handful of players in the top 10.

The Hornets have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery, but chances are they'll end up with the ninth pick. Kidd-Gilchrist was technically a booby prize for the Hornets, as they were projected to win the lottery the year they selected him with the second pick in the draft. But maybe they would have taken him first overall. That's entirely possible, too.

Tune into the NBA Draft lottery on May 19.