No. 8 pick: The Pistons select MarShon Brooks
No. 8 pick in actual 2011 NBA draft: Brandon Knight
With Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon on Detroit’s roster, any rookie guard would have to share time. I like Knight a lot, but Brooks fills a bigger need and has just as much upside (more downside, too, though).
Brooks has the look of someone who can be a top-two scorer for his team, and he’s also a willing rebounder and defender. He’d be a nice fit next to Stuckey.
With Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Enes Kanter, Derrick Williams, Jonas Valanciunas, Kawhi Leonard and Bismack Biyombo off the board, who would you take in a redone draft? I lean toward Brandon Knight, but Sean Corp of Detroit Bad Boys makes a compelling case for Kenneth Faried or Nikola Vucevic.
As far as Knight, he fell in the redone draft:
No. 12 pick: The Jazz select Brandon Knight
No. 12 pick in actual 2011 NBA draft: Alec Burks
The Jazz and their fans love a focused, mature, hardworking player perhaps more than any other NBA city. Knight oozes with potential, lives to get better on the court and is a great fit into how Utah likes to play
Thorpe has Knight No. 22 in his rookie rankings, so Thorpe obviously likes Knight’s upside.
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