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Bobcats’ Kidd-Gilchrist named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right) shares a lighter moment with teammate Kemba Walker in a recent game. Kidd-Gilchrist was named the NBA Rookie of the Month for November.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right) shares a lighter moment with teammate Kemba Walker in a recent game. Kidd-Gilchrist was named the NBA Rookie of the Month for November.
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Charlotte Bobcats rookie forward, has been selected as the NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November.

The 19-year old out of Kentucky started all 15 games for the Cats, averaging 10.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals in 27.3 minutes played. He ranked second among rookies in both rebounding and blocks, fourth in steals, fifth in scoring, sixth in minutes and eighth in assists, making him the only rookie to rank in the top 10 in all six categories.

At 6-foot-7, 232 pounds, Kidd-Gilchrist was the only rookie to average one assist, steal and block as well as the only first year player with a five block game so far this year. It came against the Mavericks on November 3. A week later he racked up career highs in points (25) and rebounds (12) in the Bobcats first-ever win over Dallas becoming just second-youngest player in NBA history to record those numbers in a game and one of only seven players ever to do so prior to their 20th birthday.

From November 17-24, Kidd-Gilchrist scored in double-digits in five consecutive games and has been an integral part of the Bobcats 7-9 start where they have already surpassed the entire win total from a season ago.

The Bobcats also announced that single-game tickets for the second half of the 2012-13 season went on sale today. Games from February-April, as well as for remaining games during the first half of the season, will be available at the Time Warner Cable Arena box office, online at bobcats.com or ticketmaster.com, or via phone at 1-800-4-NBA-TIX.

Tickets for all games start as low as $10. As an added bonus, fans purchasing tickets between December 5-25 for any Bobcats game will pay no per-ticket or per-order fees. The only fees that would apply would be incurred if purchasers opt not to use a free delivery option and choose instead to use alternate delivery methods. With no service fees, buyers can save up to 20% off the total price of their tickets.

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