The two candidates I like most for the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal, in that order, worked out for the Charlotte Bobcats Monday morning. (Photos)
Bradley, the guard out of Florida, shoots effortlessly. Ball goes up and it's a surprise when it does not go in.
Kidd-Gilchist is not a pretty shooter. That's not his game, not yet.
The media saw only the shooting facet of practice, the last 15 minutes.
I watched Kidd-Gilchrist, a forward from national champion Kentucky, hit four of five from the top of the key, from straight from the (hate this term) elbow and two of five from the corner.
His game is hustle and energy and defense; plug him in and watch him go and go and go. He wore electric blue Nike shoes with a silver stripe. OK, we see you.
Watching the workouts were Bobcats' owner Michael Jordan, president of baskeball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho.
Joining the potential picks on the court were Bobcats Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo.
Joining Kidd-Gilchrist and Beal were: Quincy Acy, a forward from Baylor; Bernard James, a forward from Florida State; Darius Johnson-Odom, a guard from Marquette (and Raleigh); and Kris Joseph, a forward from Syracuse.
As players began to leave Walker, a rookie this season, was still on the court, participating in a shooting drill.
Photo by Jeff Siner: NBA Draft Pick hopefuls Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal relax on the sideline following their Charlotte Bobcats 2012 Predraft Workout on June 18, 2012 at Time Warner Cable Arena