CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats have selected Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick in the NBA draft, marking the first time two players from the same school have gone first and second overall.
The Bobcats had been in serious trade talks with several teams regarding the No. 2 pick before making Kidd-Gilchrist their highest draft pick in franchise history since selecting Connecticut center Omeka Okafor second overall in 2004.
Charlotte finished 7-59 last season and had the worst winning percentage (.106) in league history, but lost out on the rights to select consensus No. 1 pick Anthony Davis after losing the NBA lottery to the New Orleans Hornets.
The 6-foot-7 Kidd-Gilchrist played only one season at Kentucky, where he helped them to a championship along with fellow freshman Davis.
The previous highest pick in the Jordan era was Adam Morrison, who was selected third overall in 2006 and flamed out quickly.
The Bobcats, who were last in the league in points scored and shooting percentage last season, are hoping Kidd-Gilchrist can provide an immediate impact on offense. He averaged 11.9 points per game in his only season at Kentucky, but stepped up in big games.
He was selected the South region's Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tournament after scoring 24 points against Indiana in the regional semifinals.
During the regular season he scored 24 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a game Louisville, who was ranked No. 4 at the time.
He averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists as a freshman.
Kidd-Gilchrist said in a television interview that being drafted by a team owned by Jordan means "a lot" to him.
He fills an immediate need for the Bobcats, particularly after the team traded Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons earlier this week. That trade, in which the Bobcats got a first-round pick and shooting guard Ben Gordon, left the team with only Derrick Brown at the No. 3 spot.
No. 1 Anthony Davis, Kentucky: New Orleans Hornets
No. 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky: Charlotte Bobcats
No. 3 Bradley Beal, Florida: Washington Wizards
No. 4 Dion Waiters, Syracuse: Cleveland Cavaliers
No. 5 Thomas Robinson, Kansas: Sacramento Kings
No. 6 Damian Lillard, Weber State: Portland Trail Blazers
No. 7 Harrison Barnes, UNC: Golden State Warriors
No. 8 Terrence Ross, Washington: Toronto Raptors
No. 9 Andre Drummond, UConn: Detroit Pistons
No. 10 Austin Rivers, Duke: New Orleans Hornets
No. 11 Meyers Leonard, Illinois: Portland Trail Blazers
No. 12 Jeremy Lamb, UConn: Houston Rockets
No. 13 Kendall Marshall, UNC: Phoenix Suns
No. 14 John Henson, UNC: Milwaukee Bucks
No. 15 Moe Harkless, St. John's: Philadelphia 76ers
No. 16 Royce White, Iowa State: Houston Rockets
No. 17 Tyler Zeller, UNC: Cleveland Cavaliers
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No. 18 Terrence Jones, Kentucky: Houston Rockets
No. 19 Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure: Orlando Magic
No. 20 Evan Fournier, France: Denver Nuggets
No. 21 Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: Boston Celtics
No. 22 Fab Melo, Syracuse: Boston Celtics
No. 23 John Jenkins, Vanderbilt: Atlanta Hawks
No. 24 Jared Cunningham, Oregon State: Dallas Mavericks
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No. 25 Tony Wroten, Washington: Memphis Grizzlies
No. 26 Miles Plumlee, Duke: Indiana Pacers
No. 27 Arnett Moultrie, Miss. State: Philadelphia 76ers
ACQUIRED VIA TRADE WITH MIAMI
No. 28 Perry Jones III, Baylor: OKC Thunder
No. 29 Marquis Teague, Kentucky: Chicago Bulls
No. 30 Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt: Golden State Warriors