Brandon Knight hadn’t had a great summer league up until today, but he turned that around with 19 points and 14 assists today. Here is how Evan Dunlap of SB Nation described his performance:
Knight played arguably the best game of any point guard this week, finishing with 19 points and 14 assists. He set the tone for Detroit early by pushing the pace, and he made great reads out of the pick-and-roll. His ability to scramble Boston’s defense, and either find an open shooter or get his own shot, keyed Detroit to victory.
We can live with that, right? I’ve read a handful of comments this week from people underwhelmed with Knight’s … well … underwhelming performance in Orlando. I’m not too concerned about it tough.
We all know that the biggest areas Knight needs to improve in his game are point guard related — how to run an offense, how to play under control, how to create shots for others, how to take better care of the basketball. Those skills are not particularly conducive to summer league basketball. He’s playing with mostly players who are unfamiliar with Detroit’s offense and several players who won’t make the Pistons’ roster, so they’re trying to use this opportunity to showcase their individual talents to other teams. I’ve been encouraged because Knight has seemed to pass more, he has seemed to really be trying to run some semblance of an offense, it’s just the chaotic nature of summer league ball hampers those efforts. For example, in yesterday’s game, he made at least two passes to a correct spot, his teammate just happened to not get to that spot. So instead of assists or at the very least plays that would’ve resulted in good ball movement or an open shot for someone, they were turnovers.
It would’ve been great to see Knight dominate the summer league, but the fact that he hasn’t should be a cause for concern either. We’ll have a better feel for where he’s at after training camp and in the preseason.
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