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Today’s most expected move: Bucks GM heaps praise on Brandon Knight

Aug 1, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd AP

The Bucks made their intentions clear when they went after Jeff Teague (with an offer the Hawks matched) — they were moving on from Brandon Jennings. The problem was finding a trading partner willing to take him on in a sign-and-trade deal, Jennings stock wasn’t high.

Enter Joe Dumars, who has made any signing that has flown in the face of the NBA’s trends on efficiency. He picked up Josh Smith this summer and he was interested in Jennings. A deal was made.

Which means the Bucks got Brandon Knight in return — a guard entering his third season who was once pictured as a point guard but the Pistons started to see as a catch-and-shoot two guard. Knight has said he just needs more time but he can play the point in the NBA.

Bucks GM John Hammond has got Knight now and of course the first thing you do is praise the guy you just acquired. Which is exactly what Hammond did to the Journal-Sentinel.

“He still has tremendous growth ahead after two solid years in the NBA,” Hammond said of the 21-year-old Knight. “He’s a future building block to the organization because of the kind of player and person he is….

“Let’s make it perfectly clear. He’s a starting point guard in the NBA,” Hammond said

That has yet to be determined. The Bucks have solid veteran point guard Luke Ridnour on the roster as well and we know he can start and be somewhat effective.

What Knight will get here is a real opportunity at the point. His decision making has to improve, particularly on the pick-and-roll where he turned the ball over on 20.6 percent of the possessions used and didn’t shoot well at all. He’s quick enough to get into the lane, but he isn’t taking advantage of that when he does. What Knight has been solid at is as a spot-up shooter (and in transition), but he hasn’t shown the ability to lead a half-court offense.

The Bucks are rebuilding, and Knight will get a chance to be the point guard of the future. But it’s on him now; no praise from a GM is going to make your numbers get better. And with Ridnour in house, the Bucks coaching staff has another option.

  1. siege102 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I wish the season started sooner so I could watch my Bucks and their almost entirely new team. But then once they start losing, I’ll immediately regret that wish.

  2. Jesse Kellner - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    We’re in the same boat! However, I’m more skeptical about this team than ever before. Our only hope is that Greek kid being the next Lebron and the chances of that are 1 in a million.

  3. starvingardens - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Hey Bucks fans… the positive about Knight is that at least he will play defense and try to block dunks. You can’t say the same for Jennings.

    You will also be getting a guy with better shot selection, as well as know when to pass as opposed to throwing up the rock and a prayer.

  4. djveal - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Good luck finding something to cheer about with B Knight. Close your eyes when Kyrie or D.Jordan comes to town lol

  5. dezglobal - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    He’ll never be a star PG.

    • dko83 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      What’s your secret? Teach me how to look into the future. You should be gambling on sports with your stunning insight!

  6. staff2cj - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    calipari can’t get em right all the time. I believe he missed on this one.

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