When Pistons practice ended Tuesday, about half of the weary players headed for the locker room while others hung around shooting and doing some light running.
Then a few others left, leaving rookie Brandon Knight and veteran Will Bynum on the floor.
After Bynum got in some wind sprints, he finally trudged to the locker room, and Knight was on the floor doing a dribbling drill.
Wow. Outworking Will Bynum, even if just once, is no joke.
Knight just dropped another pretty pass to a cutting Daye. He’s playing a lot better than I thought he would early on.
OK, I’m excited. When the Pistons drafted Knight, my biggest questions were about his ability to play point guard efficiently immediately. I loved his long-term potential, and the early reports suggest he’ll be closer to reaching it as a rookie than I imagined.
But before we get carried away – aw heck, let’s just go for it. Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:
In just the first five days of training camp, Knight has been everything he was advertised to be – intelligent, talented and incredibly diligent. And he’s been more than that, too. He’s also opened eyes with his readiness to step into an NBA rotation. Lawrence Frank does his best to deflect every question about individuals at this point, but there is a general sense of excitement building within the organization that the Pistons did very well for themselves when Knight unexpectedly fell to No. 8 in last June’s draft.
In the 30 minutes of scrimmaging that Frank allowed reporters to see, Knight made at least three eye-opening passes and one highlight-reel move in the lane for a basket. His level of conditioning is apparent. His ability to knock down shots – everywhere from the rim to the 3-point line – was more or less anticipated, but his floor vision and passing ability, which he’s demonstrated with both hands, might speed up everyone’s timetable for Knight’s expectations.
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