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Is Brandon Knight sliding down everyone’s draft board?

Jun 10, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

Brandon Knight Kentucky AP

This year’s NBA draft gets interesting at No. 3. Because Cleveland will take Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall and Minnesota — or somebody, your trade window is wide open — will take Derrick Williams No. 2.

But No. 3?

The consensus is that the Jazz would take Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight third. They need a point guard of the future, Knight is one of those “upside” guys in the draft that could really work out down the line…

But teams are losing faith in him, according to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

…sources say the Kentucky point guard could be risking his chance to go third overall to Utah by refusing to work out against competition. Knight has an open invitation to join Connecticut’s Kemba Walker, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and UCLA’s Malcolm Lee in a June 15 workout with the Jazz, but sources close to both sides said he has yet to decide whether to take part.

What’s more, there are rumblings that Utah is less than thrilled at the notion that Knight would even consider dictating the terms with the No. 3 pick (although Turkish center Enes Kanter already did just that in his Jazz workout in Chicago in which Toronto also took part). It’s unclear whether the Jazz would take a hard-line stance and refuse to take Knight unless he worked out against other top-line competitors, but that appears to be a possibility.

If they don’t take Knight, then who? The Jazz really need Enes Kanter?

Knight may very well still go No. 3, but if you think Kemba Walker is willing to take on all comers and Knight is not, do you rethink your pick?

Then again, with this draft, who knows?

  1. georgeanderson2 - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Smart move would be to trade down to a spot you feel you can get Jimmer. Jimmer will sell tickets in Utah for years to come.He will be an exciting player for the Utah franchise and their fans. Jimmer is going to need some time to adjust to the NBA game and in Utah they will give him every chance to learn the NBA game , in other markets they will make him Adam Morrison.

    * cleveland don’t take Kyrie…he has bust written all over him. Trade out and stock pile for next years draft when the draft is going to be loaded with talent.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      I agree. Can somebody name me a good NBA PG from Duke since Johnny Dawkins? I’m sure I am missing somebody, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. All I can think of is Bobby Hurley, Jason (Jay) Williams, William Avery and they were all terrible.

      • passerby23 - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:02 PM

        Jay Williams isn’t a fair reprisal – the guy’s career was derailed by a motorcycle accident. Before that, he was an explosive player. He had all the makings of a top 10 PG in the league and was playing well. That being said, I agree, I’m not sold on Irving. He could turn out to be a decent pro, but at #1? To me, Derrick Williams is a sure thing. I wouldn’t pass on that guy.

    • ndirishfan1 - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM

      Irving isn’t the prototypical “Duke point guard” that we’ve seen in the past. He may not be the lock the past few PG’s picked at #1 have been (Rose, Wall), but he will be a very good NBA point guard. While he doesn’t have the explosiveness of Rose or Wall, he’s a better shooter than Wall at this point.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

        Yeah, but William Avery and Jay Williams were just like that too. I’m just not sold on the kid. I can see him being on the level of Jrue Holiday. Is that what you want out of the top pick? That might be a function of this draft though too.

  2. ndirishfan1 - Jun 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Knight is going to be a legit player in the NBA. Unlike a lot of PG’s coming out of college, he’s got the ability to spot up from beyond the arc, which makes him a viable rotation player even while he learns the ropes. He’s not the type of athlete John Calipari has had a point guard (ala Derrick Rose or John Wall) and he may not have as high of a ceiling as those two, but he is a well rounded, smart, basketball player.

  3. georgeanderson2 - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Yeah Knight has the potential to continue JC’s pg lineage. He is good just needs some time to learn pro game. He has the potential to be a much better player than Kyrie.

  4. purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    I don’t know about sliding down any board, but according to a story that was broke today by a Houston sports talk radio show (The BOX), Washington Wizzard star Rashard Lewis has sure been doing his fair share of slipping and slidin’ up and down Le Bum Jame’s fiances box!!!

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