Brandon Knight Analyis
I passed on NBA League Pass this year and I have been unable to watch many teams play. I am interested in how Brandon Knight has been doing this year. Great kid, smart student in high school (4.0+ GPA) and I am hoping he succeeds. If you've seen a few games, has he improved much? I see his stats, hes scoring 14 with about 4 assist. Ive seen part of one game and he seems to struggle with his decision making as a pg. Not that hes making bad choices, but he is hesistant as if hes thinking "what should a pg do here" rather than "what should I do here." Has he shown that he can be the Pistons future pg? If not, what do you expect of him? Can he be a great scoring 6th man for a team a la Lou Williams? What about starting sg? I remember during the draft, a few mocks had Cleveland drafting him at #4 to pair with Kyrie stating that he can play the 2. With a big pg in this year's draft in MCW, can a team be successful with MCW at the 1 and Knight at the 2? Thanks for all responses!
I'm not sure about being the pistons future point guard, bu the guy is a very good scorer and is a good rebounder for his size, the downside to his game is he's only averaging 3.8 assists. I think he would be best served as a sixth man whee he can come off the bench and do what he does best:score like a Jason terry type of guy. At 6'3 190 he has good size for a point but is way too small to be a shooting guard full time. The Pistons shouldn't just take a point guard because they need one, they should take the best player available.
I know he is small, but so is Monta Ellis and so was A.I. I am in no way comparing Knight's game to AI, but can he play the 2 successfully if he played alongside a bigger pg that could guard the opposing SGs? If hes a flat out scorer like you say, this gives the Pistons more options if they know that they could move Knight to the 2. Being a Jason Terry/Low Will type 6 man isnt so bad either....every championship caliber team needs such a player off the bench.
He will still be at a mismatch, Ellis even though he is one of the most overrated players in the league is extremely athletic and explosive, unlike knight; AI is te same way yet he was also a very good defender
dont forget, the pistons pass so much its not like pg's are going to get a ton of assists on this team, chauncey only averaged 6.5 while he was there... and knight splits being the primary ballhandler with stuckey..
TBH as a Detroit fan and a Knight believer, I feel he can become a serviceable point guard in the league. However, I see a certain lack of explosiveness/ court vision necessary to be an elite PG. I'm not sure what to think of his season thus far. I thought he would take an insane step forward this offseason with the summer league etc. but thus far tbh I have been more impressed with Kemba. Keep in mind though that he is only 20 years old I think
I still believe he will be a very good starting PG. In a perfect world, Billups would be a piston and Knight could be groomed / mentored by Chauncey.
I just think he needs time to develop. Billups, Payton and Conley all struggled early on in their career's.
PG and C are the 2 spots that take a while.. If you are super athletic, you can have success early but tend to be more of a scorer than a real PG (Westbrook, Rose, Irving) but eventually, they get it.. Give Knight another year or so.. At least let them think about extending his contract before saying he cant play PG.. He has all the tools (great stroke and swag) to be a very good PG.. He just needs time.
I could see him being a better version of Mario Chalmers. I wouldn't trust him being the primary ball-handler on a good team, but I could see him playing off another ball-dominant guard or SF, allowing them to draw all the attention and make plays while Brandon just makes shots and drives.
If I were Detroit I'd be targeting Archie Goodwin in this upcoming draft.