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Brandon Knight admits ‘you’ consider stats before attempting half-court heaves

Resulting from an awesome report on half-court heaves by Royce Young of Daily Thunder, Brandon Knight was asked about those end-of-quarter shots. The issue: Do players hold the ball an extra split second to ensure it leaves their hands after the buzzer, therefore protecting their field-goal percentage? Knight, via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

"I can’t tell you guys all the tricks, but definitely you think about that depending on how you’re shooting," Knight said at Wednesday’s morning shoot-around. "If you’re 1-for-7 and you’re all the way back here and it’s 0.3 seconds left and you got a chance to get a shot off, what are the chances of you making that in 0.3 and messing up your (shooting percentage) and making your stats look worse than they are already are. He has a point, and I can tell you a lot guys do definitely think about that."

"You make it look right for TV and for Coach," Knight said.

Knight did a good job of putting his reply in the second person rather than admitting he personally refuses to take the shots. That’s a pro move.

Another pro move: Not taking those shots.

I don’t like when players pass up those shots, but don’t blame Knight. Hate the system, not the player.


  • Feb 15, 201312:55 pm
    by brgulker


    I’d be curious to track how often this actually happens. My guess is that it happens pretty infrequently. 

    I’m not aware of anywhere these shots are tracked on a shot chart, though. Would be interesting to know.  

  • Feb 15, 20132:55 pm
    by Mark


    idk how it sounds 2nd person. It reads to me like he’s saying thats what he does in games. And I didn’t care for this response from him at all. Its sounds like he’s spending too much time thinking about his stats, if nothing else. May be why he’s always forced bad decisions, trying to hard to pad his stats or something

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