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MKG: Is this his make or break season?


With a new shot, a skill set that makes any fan in the NBA's mouths water, and lockdown defense at the hardest position in the NBA, there's no doubt MKG is a player who will spend a long time being a valuable player in the NBA.

But as MKG begins to round out his rookie contract, do you think this is a do-or-die season for MKG? Is it time to expect a solid, steady offensive player with a decent jumper to go along with his fantastic defense and motor as opposed to just continue to wait for it?

I'm 100% behind MKG. I love the dude, and I think he's going to break out. And I would say I'd even be patient enough to wait another season after this one, but a lot of people have been, and will continue to question whether or not MKG is a "bust," and naturally his contract status is going to begin to become a serious discussion.

What do you think? Does MKG have one more season with wiggle room, or is it time to put the "p" words (project, potential, prospect) to bed and expect him to be a solid 13/7/3 player to tack onto his defense?


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    to be brief and answer the question

     

    yes.

     

    he is either a less offensively explosive tony allen or he is closer to a prime shawn marion. i would gladly pay the later, not so sure on the former.

    Yes.

     

    But I do believe that if he stays healthy, that this will be the season that his game takes the jump to the next level. 

    I can't wait to see how MKG's new shot looks in game situations. If it looks good then we will be casting Mark Price and MKG in the 2014 remake of "The Miracle Worker"

     

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    Hell no. Everybody here forget how young he is and how young he was when we drafted him. The kid is going to be 21 in a few days. He is still younger than some players in this year's draft.

    Saying after next season that he is a bust, won't be better than a Tony Allen type of player or whatever is just dum. If he doesn't take his game to the next level like we expect him to this year, it will only mean that we have to give him less money than if he has a great year.

     

    Now don't misunderstand me, I hope he takes that step and I really believe he's going to.

    Yes.

     

    Now it's a little sensationalist to say that in isolation but, essentially, if MKG doesn't take his new mechanics and display them in game situations this season then a retool of his shot might not be achievable.

     

    Let me be clear, I am not saying he needs to become an efficient mid-range shooter next season ... he simply needs to show glimpses of ability to shoot the ball well with good mechanics from mid-range to give people, including himself, the confidence to believe that he can become efficient. As many of us have said, and have done so many times, if MKG becomes a good enough shooter that he needs to be guarded from mid-range that will open up driving opportunities for him. And if he can become a good free throw shooter, defenders won't foul him so much/hard when he drives.

     

    A good mid-range shot and high free-throw percentage transforms MKG into a potentially elite player!

     

    I'm looking forward with optimism to seeing MKG's shot this season.

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    He's already the starting SF on a playoff team with good on-off metrics.

     

    There's plenty of room to improve, but he's past the do-or-die stage for me.

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    InProblematique
    Sep 12 2014 11:27 AM

    He's already the starting SF on a playoff team with good on-off metrics.

     

    There's plenty of room to improve, but he's past the do-or-die stage for me.

    I actually agree with this on a pretty wide blanket level. MKG was a pretty major anchor for the team defensively last season, and had he not been around I doubt we would have had a winning record, honestly. Probably still would have made the playoffs, but I say we probably would've won 39ish games.

     

    So yeah, he's proven in that sense. But I'm talking more from more of a "common fan" sort of viewpoint. From a monetary standpoint, his draft status, and his two years of being an offensive liability, which DID limit his usefulness beyond offense...he was taken off the floor very often for scoring reasons and only averaged 24 MPG last season, which is far below average for a starting SF on a playoff team. Since he was off the floor for about eight minutes less than a standard starter, his defense was also gone for those eight minutes, and teams were scoring against us.

     

    So beyond the contributory "look beyond the numbers" facts that only Charlotte fans and dedicated analysts understand, I still think he's very much at a make-or-break stage in his career.

    One other thing to think about. As good as MKG is defensively, this season he has to find a way to maintain his defensive intensity without getting into foul trouble.

    He has already established himself as a good nba player.  It is only do or die when you are on the verge of being out of the league.  I would be completely happy with him becoming a breakout star after he signs a reasonable contract extension.  That said I think this is going to be the year he takes a big step. 

     

    This year he is going to be asked to do less because of the addition of Lance Stephenson.  It's a lot easier for young players to excell when they aren't asked to do to much.  Look at Biyombo's progress last year.  When MKG came into the league he was asked to carry a lot of the weight of making the Bobcats respectable.  Now we have Vets like Al Jefferson and other good players like Stephenson to share the burden. 

    I think the 'do or die' can be read a number of ways.

    It's clear he has established himself as a player in the NBA, so the 'die' part I read to mean: the chance for him to grow into an elite level player.

    He needs a jump shot in order to be considered one and if he doesn't at least show signs of improvement in his mechanics and shooting ability this season then I can't see him ever reaching that level. Conversely if he does, then the potential is there.

    For me it is that cut and dried.

    Felt some clarification was required.
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    InProblematique
    Sep 13 2014 11:21 AM

    I think the 'do or die' can be read a number of ways.

    It's clear he has established himself as a player in the NBA, so the 'die' part I read to mean: the chance for him to grow into an elite level player.

    He needs a jump shot in order to be considered one and if he doesn't at least show signs of improvement in his mechanics and shooting ability this season then I can't see him ever reaching that level. Conversely if he does, then the potential is there.

    For me it is that cut and dried.

    Felt some clarification was required.

    Yes, this was my line of reasoning in the whole "do or die" thing. We all already know he's extremely valuable to us in various ways, but we drafted him second overall (ahead of some players who are showing extremely high potential), and I think it's time that he justifies that pick. I'm not asking him to shoot 40% from three, I'm not even asking him to take any threes. He just needs a 20 footer with consistent, steady mechanics. He adds that, we have a player who isn't going to be forever looked at as Tony Allen or Thabo Sefolosha, who are viewed as good teammates for their defensive prowess, but as burdens or without much use on offense.

        As of last season I would say you guys are over rating him .  To many fouls to stay in the game . And the worst shot in the NBA.  With that said he's not a bust yet.  If he can hit a open jumper and not foul so much  he has the chance to be a average  starting s/f  in the league.  His cyling  he could be a top  s/f in the league. It will be interesting to watch him and see the inprovement.

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    InProblematique
    Sep 13 2014 12:10 PM

    I still see so much of Crash in him. If he can just get a jumper going and as he continues to grow and learn the game more, I think he's going to end up being a real dandy. Imagine having a starting five where our fourth or fifth option on offense is a player with Gerald Wallace's general skill set. I don't think he'll be the volume scorer that Crash was, simply because we don't need that now, but the way Crash scored, his athleticism and BBIQ, his rebounding and defense...I still see it in MKG. 

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    I feel like Cliff and cho love this guy too
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    westbrook08
    Sep 16 2014 10:15 PM

    I still see so much of Crash in him. If he can just get a jumper going and as he continues to grow and learn the game more, I think he's going to end up being a real dandy. Imagine having a starting five where our fourth or fifth option on offense is a player with Gerald Wallace's general skill set. I don't think he'll be the volume scorer that Crash was, simply because we don't need that now, but the way Crash scored, his athleticism and BBIQ, his rebounding and defense...I still see it in MKG. 

    I'm not disagreeing that there are a number of similarities,but crash shot the ball really well for a few years there. My biggest thing with MKG isn't even his shot in particular. It's seeing him become more aggressive as he gets more comfortable.

          And whether or not either Cody or Noah emerge as a stud 4 is a big factor as well. If Vonleh lives up to the hype and Marvin can be freed up to play more minutes at the 3,it really puts MKG in a position where he's gonna be ignored by defenses and being aggressive when a lane opens up can get him a ton of easy buckets. If he can get 10 a game and add his defense with the other young guys we have i'd be thrilled!

    On the Crash comparisons, funny to think that at MKG's age, Gerald was still in Sacramento and had started a total of 8 games. I too used to think this was MKG's ceiling but I now believe unless he has injuries that set him back, he will dwarf Crash's impact on the game. And that's coming from a guy that named a dog he fostered Crash :)

    On the Crash comparisons, funny to think that at MKG's age, Gerald was still in Sacramento and had started a total of 8 games. I too used to think this was MKG's ceiling but I now believe unless he has injuries that set him back, he will dwarf Crash's impact on the game. And that's coming from a guy that named a dog he fostered Crash :)

     

     

    This.   The whole thread idea is premature and so is any comparison to Wallace.     It's just not even something you can talk about yet, as far as it his time to shine or gtfo.  He's 20 years old.    He's so far advanced Gerald Wallace at the same age its not funny, and he still has sooo much time and room to grow.   Yes his offensive game needs seasoning.... but in no way shape or form does this particular season make or break his career.    Again... He's 20, and he's going to be in the NBA for a long time.