"He's a winner who plays both ends of the floor well, an ultra-competitor and a high-character person," Charlotte general manager Rich Cho said during a draft-night news conference. "Out of my 17 years in the NBA involved with draft interviews, he's in the top five."
And of course, there is Kidd-Gilchrist's nonstop motor.
"He has a great work ethic and he's only going to get better," Cho said.
The Sixers also selected workaholic players, drafting St. John's freshman forward Maurice Harkless with the 15th pick and then acquiring the 27th overall selection, Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie, from the Miami Heat.
That "certainly plays a big factor in any decision we make," Sixers president Rod Thorn said in an e-mail response to a question. "A player with a high motor is normally a winning-type player."
After Davis, two of the most talented players in the draft were North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes and Connecticut center Andre Drummond.
Barnes was selected seventh by Golden State and Drummond ninth by Detroit. Both have the ability to be future all-stars, but they dropped a bit because there were questions about their motors.
Baylor's Perry Jones III, a 6-foot-11 forward who is among the top athletes in the draft, fell to No. 28, to Oklahoma City. The Thunder feel they got a steal, but Jones disappeared for stretches in college games and that might have been a red flag for NBA teams.
Forward Kenneth Faried, of mid-major Morehead State, was selected 22d overall by Denver in last year's draft, and his high energy level was a selling point.
Faried didn't see much time early in the season, but once he did, he was a productive player. As a rookie, Faried averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game. That earned him a tribute to his work ethic, a berth on the seven-man NBA all-rookie first-team.
A number of local college players who weren't drafted could end up in NBA camps.
Villanova guard Maalik Wayns, of Roman Catholic, was being congratulated on Twitter for securing a spot on the Orlando Magic summer league team. A Magic official said, "I believe he is playing on the summer league team, but we have not signed him to any contract."
That is a common practice in the NBA. Young players like Wayns are looking for a chance to showcase their skills.
Among other local college players looking to catch on with an NBA summer league team are Dominic Cheek, of Villanova; Temple's Micheal Eric and Ramone Moore, Penn point guard Zack Rosen, and La Salle guard Earl Pettis.
Cleveland has reportedly been in touch with Eric. At press time, there were no further updates on the area players, but things change quickly when NBA teams are attempting to fill summer rosters.
Waiters 'a steal'
A number of draft pundits have suggested that South Philadelphia's Dion Waiters was chosen too high. The Syracuse sophomore, who played his final two high school seasons at Burlington's Life Center, was taken No. 4 by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Too high? Not for the Cavs.
"I think we got a steal," coach Byron Scott told the media on draft night."
This is the second year the Cavs picked a player at No. 4 who was projected by mock draftologists to go lower. Last year it was 6-9 Texas freshman Tristan Thompson, who averaged 8.2 points in 23.7 minutes for the Cavs.
One team that should be better on defense is the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee earlier acquired former Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in a trade with Houston and then drafted Carolina's 6-11 John Henson, the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year.
This year's draft was the first time two teams had four players selected in the first round. Kentucky had Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones (No. 18, Houston), and Marquis Teague (No. 29, Chicago). Besides Barnes and Henson, the others from North Carolina were Kendall Marshall (No. 13, Phoenix) and Tyler Zeller (No. 17, drafted by Dallas and traded to Cleveland).
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