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Don't bet against Kidd-Gilchrist

Updated: June 5, 2012, 8:43 AM ET
By Chad Ford

CLEVELAND -- Go ahead. Bet against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Call him offensively challenged. Dissect his shooting hitch. Wring your hands over his ballhandling.

Wonder aloud about the sanity of using the No. 2 pick on a player with his weaknesses.

The NBA draft is a game of labels, and Kidd-Gilchrist doesn't fit many of the ones NBA scouts and draft analysts love to use on top-tier picks. But be careful.

Ask anyone who knows anything about basketball what label should adorn Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as he prepares for the 2012 NBA draft and they all, to a man, say the same thing.

Winner.

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