Oct 30, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) brings the ball up the court during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to return vs. Knicks

It seems like NBA stars are dropping like flies recently to the injury bug, but slowly some previously injured players are starting to make their way back to the court, which could help your fantasy basketball team.

One of those is Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael-Kidd Gilchrist, who will make his return to the Bobcats’ linup Tuesday night against the New York Knicks, after missing the past six weeks with a broken left hand.

Nov 23, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Charlotte won 96-72. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

While that’s not immediate great news for fantasy owners, MKG is a guy worth keeping an eye on to see how he progresses.

Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford said that Kidd-Gilchrist, who is wearing a padded half-glove to protect his fingers, will start and play for 6-to-7 minute stints after having participated in three practices without any lingering problems.

The Kentucky product wasn’t a great fantasy option to start the year as he averaged only 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18 games this season, which was close to the numbers he put up as a rookie last season.

However one promising number that may make MKG a depth option down the road is his field goal percentage, which was at 50 percent before the December 3 injury, up from 45.8 percent as a rookie.

I wouldn’t recommend an immediate pickup of the second-year unless his scoring and rebounding increase in his return.

If they do, he could be a player worth monitoring in deep leagues.


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