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.