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Detroit Pistons draft Brandon Knight

To learn more about him, check out Patrick Hayes’ Draft Dreams:

When I profiled Kemba Walker, I mentioned the main reason I fell in love with Walker’s game was his ability to hit big shots. Well, Brandon Knight just got done showing he has that knack as well.


Measurables: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, freshman G from Kentucky

Key stats: 17.2 points, 4.2 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 38 percent from three

Projected: Lottery

How would he help the Pistons?

After an up and down regular season, Knight, should he choose to enter the draft, seems to have helped his draft stock as much as anyone. He was always considered a first round talent, but the way he’s asserted himself on Kentucky’s run to the Final Four has him looking like a legit lead guard/playmaker. He’s probably not as advanced as former John Calipari products Derrick Rose and John Wall, but even if Knight could have an Eric Bledsoe-like impact as a rookie, the team that drafted him would be very happy.

The Pistons’ need for a playmaker is an obvious one. There isn’t a guy on the roster who can consistently create his own shot under any circumstance when things break down. Knight potentially has that ability, and the best part is most mocks have him available in the 7-10 range where Detroit is most likely to be drafting. Knight is quick off the dribble, he’s big (and will get bigger as he fills out) and he might be a better perimeter shooter already than Rose/Wall were at his age.

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

Knight’s measurables are fantastic. He’s in the mold of the new wave NBA PG both in size and athleticism, although he’s not the explosive athlete that Rose or Wall or Russell Westbrook are. He’s a shoot-first PG, but what his season didn’t provide a clear answer to is if he’s a shoot-first PG like Rose or Wall, who still sets up good opportunities for others even if he’s the primary scoring option, or is he more Tyreke Evans, a phenomenal talent with scoring ability who doesn’t have the court vision or awareness of the others. Knight has also had problems with turnovers this season at Kentucky.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

Knight is obviously a great talent who has the chance to succeed as either a point guard or combo guard depending on his development, but he’ll need to develop a much more mature approach to the game to reach his full potential. Putting more focus on his shot selection, creating for others, and his defensive effort are all critical things he needs to address, and he still has plenty of time to do so. His potential as a starting point guard obviously greatly trumps his potential as a combo guard coming off the bench, so getting back to showing more of a pass-first mentality would likely help his draft stock considerably.

From ESPN:

But Knight got better — a lot better — as the season progressed, much like two other former Calipari guards, Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans. Knight is more comfortable running the offense (especially since Calipari has him using more ball screens) and has been Kentucky’s steadiest player this season.

From NBADraft.net:

Very creative passer … Quick decision maker … A fierce competitor, really steps his level of play up in big situations … High motor guy. Plays with a high level of intensity and passion … Strong work ethic, constantly looking to improve both his body and game … His body has seen an impressive transformation from his sophomore to senior year of high school … Has an excellent jumpshot with range out to 3 point … Good shooter off the dribble … An excellent defender who uses his length and quickness to stay in front of his man … Drew 2 changes per game as a senior in high school … Very smart, engaging young man with a bright future

Hickory High’s Similarity Scores


  • Jun 23, 20118:26 pm
    by Cliff


    wow he did not look happy about the pick AT ALL… unless he’s another greg monroe i.e. never has a rxn

  • Jun 23, 20118:30 pm
    by RandomGuy313


    No way did I think that B Knight would fall to us. I am definitely excited at him running the point

  • Jun 23, 20118:36 pm
    by gmehl1977


    Who we looking at with our next 2 picks guys? Both bigs you would think

  • Jun 23, 20118:41 pm
    by Robbie


    Now haters give Joe D his Due this is a great pick….

  • Jun 23, 20118:42 pm
    by Dan


    pretty excited about this.

  • Jun 23, 20118:42 pm
    by BIG MARV


    Nice pick in the 1st rd I would like to see them get Benson from Oakland U now then it will be a hell of a night

  • Jun 23, 20118:53 pm
    by Joe Dumars


    Knight was probably unhappy he fell. He said during the combine he’d like to go to Detroit, but maybe he was trying to be nice.

  • Jun 23, 20119:04 pm
    by RandomGuy313


    I think the Pistons could actually get Benson at 52. I would love for Jimmy Butler to fall to us but projections have him going to Boston at 25.

    With Tay leaving you got ADaye and JJ at the 3. I think JJ will be spending the bulk of his minutes at the 4 so we also need a 3 that can slash and finish to offset the spot shooters that we currently have. 

    If you want size and rebounding maybe Jordan Williams out of Maryland.

  • Jun 23, 20119:05 pm
    by Scott



  • Jun 23, 20119:18 pm
    by Joe Dumars


    Knight on going late: “The draft is inexact.” Now, he says, it’s about making those teams that passed on you pay.

  • Jun 23, 20119:19 pm
    by Josh


    God, now we need to move a guard now. Stuckey for Favors? Anyone? Or am I just dreaming…

  • Jun 23, 20119:46 pm
    by gmehl1977


    How awesome is draft night? It might just be me but i love it. It’s kind of has a feeling of moving forward with change about it.

  • Jun 23, 20119:54 pm
    by BIll Walton


    Well im bill walton and as we know im the best thing since sliced bread and my son is the best passer in the nba for sure kobe get out of here im mean c’mon and i do not like this pick i think they should have traded down for a morris twin and d. morris

  • Jun 23, 20119:57 pm
    by Zeiram


    This is quite a big splash. I didn´t see Toronto Charlotte (by way of Sacramentos pick) taking Biyombo and Tristan Thompson must have wowed some people in Cleveland. Nice haul everybody. Hopefully Knight is here to be the Pistons pg for a long time.

  • Jun 23, 201110:01 pm
    by balooga999


    All the bigs gone they went best available player, can’t knock that. Still not sold on Knight but hey if he has a chance to be a true 1, I’m all for it. Yea I would do Stuckey-Favors swap in a heart beat but thats the same reason the Jazz would not….especially since drafting a very similar Burks.

  • Jun 23, 201110:07 pm
    by Tom


    While certainly I agree that a guard or two have to go, I think being paired with another combo guard is the best thing that could happen to Stuckey. We have a lot of length and speed in our back court and now we have a shooter.

  • Jun 23, 201110:12 pm
    by Reaction


    I told you guys either he and/or Kemba would fall to us and he did!!


  • Jun 23, 201111:09 pm
    by Laser


    this is good news. not only do we have a decent passer, but there’s no way in hell we go forward without some shakeups to our guard rotation. i would love to dump gordon without having to pay a tax. rip and knight starting, stuck and bynum off the bench. i like that guard rotation quite a lot.

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