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If they give him time, can Brandon Knight be Bucks point guard of the future?

Jul 31, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Detroit Pistons' Knight goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Noah during their NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

The Pistons, by their actions, showed what they thought of Brandon Knight as the point guard of the future for them.

In the middle of last season they traded for Jose Calderon, moving Knight to a shooting guard role. Then this off-season they traded Knight for Brandon Jennings.

The Bucks have veteran Luke Ridnour who can play the point, plus you know O.J. Mayo is going to want the ball in his hands. But in speaking with the Detroit News, Knight said he just needed more time playing the point at this level to get used to it.

“If you think about it using common sense, (the) first year (2011-12) was a lockout … ,” said Knight, who averaged four assists and shot 37 percent from 3point range last season.

“Next year, played half the year (at point guard). I pretty much played it for a full year. Some of the best point guards don’t take a year to develop into what they are. They are given an opportunity to develop. Using common sense, I played it (around) 80 games.”

Knight can knock down threes (36.3 percent last season) and he is quick enough and has the handles to get into the lane. But when he does his decision making needs work. He turns the ball over on better than 17 percent of the possessions he uses (too high a number), and when he does drive into the paint he struggles to finish. Look at his shot chart from last season.


The Bucks can give him time to develop, the question remains can he improve his decision making and finishing? Or is his NBA future as a three-point shooter?

Knight is going to get the chance he wants, let’s see what he does with it.

  1. jjthesportsguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Best of luck to him. He is certainly on a team that has plenty of playing time at the point guard position. I look forward to watching him as one of the few bright spots on the Bucks roster next season.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    He should really stick to being a SG. He doesn’t wow me as a PG. Well, he doesn’t wow me in general, but definitely as a PG.

    • jjthesportsguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Not every guy is going to be top 10 in the NBA, but I think he could be a solid starter. He does have a very good point with the games played at PG. Tony Parker wasn’t nearly the player he now is in his first 80 games at the position. I’m not saying Brandon Knight is going to be Tony Parker good, but development does take time.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        He’s solid now. You got to have a certain eye for talent, and while he is a decent player, he is nothing special. Or at least nothing special to build your team around. Good point on Tony Parker and on how it takes time, but honestly you (or at least I can) can spot what could be something special irregardless if the 1st year or 2 or 3 they don’t get much burn and/or don’t play that well. I don’t miss very much on talent evaluation, that’s the God’s honest truth when it comes to me.

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        I think that the move is to a guy that the Bucks can develop to be a facilitator. Brandon Knight’s head is in the right place, Brandon Jenning’s is not. Brandon Knight probably comands 5 mil a year on a new contract, not the 8-12 mil Jennings was begging for. He is not going to be the number one or two guy on whatever team they build. I honestly think they are tanking to try to get that number 1 or 2 option guy in next year’s draft. Knight is a much more efficient scorer than Jennings, and I really don’t see a downside to this trade from the Buck’s perspective. You’re totally right, he almost for sure isn’t a top talent but a Mario Chalmers type of player isn’t so bad to have around, and that’s the type of guy I think Brandon Knight can be.

      • mikesinger555 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        “Irregardless” is not a word.

      • djveal - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Brandon Knight is trash im not sure what you guys see in him. Obviously you didnt watch the games like I did. At best he will be a nba journeyman, knock down 3 point shooter and good defeder. as a veteran he may be a good addition to a spurs like team. Hes is a liabilty at PG. Cant get to the lane when he wants. No go to move regardless of what position he is at and a terrible one on one player. He is a system guy, and a losing team is not the system. Bucks are tanking. B Knight shouldve stayed in college and “developed” what is he thinking talking about common sense. Comme sense wouldve told you to learn how to play the position before deciding to enter the draft.

  3. thatstinks - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Knights a combo guard . LR will start at the point & Knight will come of the bench and play the 1 and 2 spot . I think its addition by subtraction since Knight won’t throw it up all the time . I keep wondering who will be more infuriating with their shot selection Jennings or Josh Smith .

  4. chichi78 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Knight is a great kid with a fantastic work ethic. I think his problem stems from being a product of the AAU system. He needed to be groomed as a PG as a teen, not the prolific scorer he was up the junior ranks against inferior competition. Best of luck to him though, just old habits are hard to break.

  5. mikesinger555 - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    (It’s even spelled incorrectly in Milwaukee) Spelling aside, no one in Milwaukee is losing any sleep over this trade, or any move the Bucks make. While BJ showed flahes of greatness and excitement over a short career with the Bucks, he also brought frustration with inconsistent ball handling, distributing, shooting, but mostly on defense. That isn’t to say we’re glad to see him go because we’re not. BJ was a product of the system he was playing, with the mediocre talent around him, all while still developing in his young 23yr old body. No one in Milwaukee was expecting anything more than maybe sneaking in the playoffs last year, and hopefully again next season… in fact, there’s a genuine level of apathy due to the length of time the franchise has been mediocre (last time they were great and fans had more of an interest was 10+yrs ago w the big 3, Allen, Cassell and BigDog). Currently, most Wisconsin fans are more concerned in the upcoming Packers preseason, but then again the Bucks (and Brewers) will always be 2nd fiddle in the hearts and minds of WI fans.

    I digress. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing all the new faces on the Bucks roster next season including BKnight. Also, I think it would be pretty cool to see an unknown like Khris Middleton (who’s still only 21) develop into a quality player/contributer… I remember him from A&M being very athletic and a good shooter. It might be tough for him to get any significant minutes, but time is definitely on his side.

    So, all in all, this trade isn’t going to make or break the Bucks, its not good, its not bad… it just sort of “is”, ie “is” TBD.

  6. lenedelman - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    all the negative talk on Knight. My bet is he uses it as motivation to get better. Do your home work. This kid has like a 150 IQ. NEVER GOT LESS THEN AN A at the best private High school in state of Florida. Kid is a solid leader and really nice player. ONLY 21. Just wait to see what he does to the PISTONS first time they meet. 30 7 and 5 all day!

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      There are a lot of valedictorians who are pretty crappy basketball players.

    • djveal - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Are you serious? See ivy league sports for how an IQ relates to sports… How will he score 30 on the pistons? shooting threes? What inside presence is gonna draw attention for him to get open? John Henson?! LOL!!! Man please. B Knight will get posterized by Dre Drummond on a pick and roll oop just like he did by DJ.

  7. dezglobal - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    He’s decent and will never be a star. Wish him the best

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