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Brandon Knight is impressing the Detroit Pistons

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Brandon Knight is making strides in the NBA. The former Kentucky star was drafted 8th overall by the Detroit Pistons in June’s draft and is making the NBA transition an easy one. Knight, who led the Wildcats to a surprise final four appearance last year, is starting at point guard for the Pistons and is on his way to becoming one of the faces of the franchise. Detroit faced the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. After a halftime deficit Knight led the Pistons back to a 90-89 victory. One person who was particularly impressed with Knight’s effort is his head coach, Lawrence Frank.

“Brandon struggled to start the third quarter and I give him a lot of credit in that he stayed with it,” Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. “He gave us a huge lift.”

“It’s not easy when you’re struggling and you’re able to move on and have what we call ‘instant amnesia.’ “

Statistically, Knight didn’t have a great night but his poise and focus showed with when the Pistons were trailing in the fourth quarter.

The preseason stat line Brandon Knight will carry into the regular season isn’t very impressive.

But if you don’t think the rookie from Kentucky has shown great promise in two exhibition games against the Cavs, you haven’t been paying attention.

Although Knight struggled through a 2-for-9, six-turnover night, he was able to make two key plays down the stretch. The first came when he grabbed a rebound from the 6-foot-11 Ryan Hollins. The last play came when he forced a turnover on an inbounds play with 6.9 seconds left that led to Austin Daye’s game-winning free throws.

On December 30th Knight and the Pistons travel to Boston to take on former UK guard Rajon Rondo and the Celtics. Knight is looking to have a great season and cement himself in the starting lineup for years to come.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

13 Comments for Brandon Knight is impressing the Detroit Pistons



  1. Walden Schmidt
    8:15 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I bowl overhanded.



  2. blueink
    8:17 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    i bowl underhanded … and i haven’t done that for at least 20 yrs



  3. Cole
    8:43 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    “…who led the Wildcats to a surprise final four appearance last year…” – What was surprising about our CATS making it to the final four??



  4. Mike
    8:56 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Cal said that TJ wants to play tomorrow but probably won’t. Is this coach speak to protect a player?? TJ didn’t look like he wanted to play the other night even before the injury.



  5. Walden Schmidt
    9:04 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    yes



  6. Tj
    9:21 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    http://eye-on-college-basketball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/view/26283066 Read this! Has nothing to do with this post, but it’s very funny!



  7. Dean.Ec
    10:29 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Dam we miss Knight..Would be undefeated and #1 with him..and a favorite to win the title..



  8. rixter
    10:42 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I tell ya who is impressing people…is JORTS:
    Harrelson’s line tonight vs the Nets…
    24 minutes, 7 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks…. WHO woulda thought it???



  9. bleedsblueinbama
    10:43 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    AWESOME! I SURE DO WISH HE HAD STAYED AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR, BUT I AM GLAD THAT HE’S DOING WELL!



  10. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    11:23 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Good for BK. lights out shooter with ball skills



  11. Carl
    11:40 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    #8…Liggins had 4 assists in 10 minutes of play. Not bad either.



  12. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:47 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Brandon has walked into a great opportunity. Detroit will struggle this year, but he has a chance to become a key part of their team and future. If he continues that stroke we saw at UK, he will be fine. Will probably need to add some weight/muscle, but he has plenty of years to do that.

    And Jorts played very well again tonight. I think he has not only made the roster, but will see a lot of minutes. He has shown he can play the 4 or 5 spot when needed.



  13. Pistons 4 Life
    12:28 pm December 24, 2011 Permalink

    As an avid Pistons fan I’m looking forward to what Brandon Knight will bring to the team. So far in two preseason games he looks pretty good to me.