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Detroit writers not exactly devastated that Brandon Knight is gone

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Bias alert: I’m a Brandon Knight defender (and DeMarcus Cousins, and John Wall, in case you haven’t figured that out). Absurd DeAndre Jordan gif aside, I just think he’s too smart, too savvy, too athletic to not eventually put it together and realize his potential in the NBA. He’s got all the tools; so it’s not if, it’s when (hopefully).

That said, the people of Detroit are NOT Brandon Knight defenders. In fact, they’re all but dancing in the streets over the Jennings-Knight trade. Granted, a lot of the talk is your standard fare, “The Pistons are a playoff team with Jennings running point,” etc, which may be true (I happen to like Jennings as well, actually), but some of it is a tad over the top. Take this Detroit Free Press column from PistonsPowered writer Dan Feldman, for instance, who begins his pitch by saying “Brandon Knight was overrated at Kentucky, overrated by the Pistons and then, surprisingly, just plain over in Detroit.”

Well then.

First of all, no. He was not overrated at Kentucky. In actuality, he had sky high expectations coming in (following Calipari point guards Rose, Evans, and Wall), with a natural skill set that was not quite at those guys’ level. And yet, he managed to EXCEED those expectations somehow. He put up great numbers, hit clutch shot after clutch shot, and carried a good-but-not-great Kentucky team to the Final Four. He earned his lottery pick status, it wasn’t given to him.

But whatever. I suppose the important issue here is his time in the NBA, and Feldman had this to say about it:

 

A lot went wrong during the two years Knight started for Detroit, and a large majority of it was not his fault, but his presence was particularly felt in one area:

Knight ruined the Pistons’ offense.

He didn’t do it singlehandedly, and the powers that put him in position to fail deserve more blame, but as far as players go, he’s the main culprit.

 

Again, well then. Seems a bit harsh to broadly blame the sputtering offense of a completely dysfunctional team on the 2nd-year point guard (who was switching between the 1 and 2 the whole time), but to each their own I guess.

Look, is Brandon Knight perfect? No, he’s not. Far from it. He has a lot to learn, and he needs to learn it quick. But his main problem is that he’s young (he’s still only 21!), and needs room to grow. The good news (for him) is, as much as Milwaukee sort of sucks as a city in general, it’s actually not a bad landing spot for him. There are no immediate playoff expectations, and he’s paired with rising star Larry Sanders for the foreseeable future.

Which should scare Pistons fans, or at least make them uneasy about the deal.

But Detroit fans seem utterly regret-less on shipping Brandon Knight out of town. And I, for one, think that Knight is going to make them regret calling it quits on him so soon, whether Jennings makes Detroit a playoff team or not.

 

 

Article written by Andrew McCarthy

46 Comments for Detroit writers not exactly devastated that Brandon Knight is gone



  1. Some Truth
    1:15 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    I will say that we saw first handed what a team of guys looks like without a PG this past year at KY. I am almost over it, that is the first time I have thought about my disappointment with last years team in probably a month. Just give me 3 more weeks and the start of college football and hopefully it will be gone for good.



  2. Rei
    1:17 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Knight has a better feel for the game as a combo guard in my opinion, that being said, Detroit isn’t a playoff team with or without him. They’re lucky to in a battle for the final spot on a good year.



  3. Andy
    1:20 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    And I suppose Brandon Jennings is the answer? The writer of that article is a joke!!



  4. UK
    1:20 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson years ago was the death nail in the Pistons coffin. They haven’t recovered since and running a selfish point guard in Jennings with a power forward on the wing in Josh Smith isn’t exactly the recipe for success.



  5. UKBlue
    1:21 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    People in Detroit are stupid because they choose to live in Detroit & now they’re bankrupt; who cares what they think, they’re in Detroit.



  6. Ricky Rozay
    1:44 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    You are all morons. At best, Knight is a super sub who comes off the bench. He will never be a starter for a playoff team like most of PayPal Cal’s guys. McCarthy, I would love to hear your credentials though. Did you even play basketball?



  7. Air Raid
    1:49 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    I was on a pistons blog a few weeks ago. This was before the trade. They were wanting Siva to run the point and knight at the two. Most of them went on and on like Siva was a better point.



  8. I told you so!
    1:49 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    You are all wrong. They are clearly paving the way for Siva to be the pg of the future for Detroit. We all know it. Knight can’t even sniff sivas jockstrap!!! In a few years there will be many more classy Louisville players in the league…. Those that stayed in school for 4 years and get it!



  9. Sean
    1:55 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    #8, i hope thats sarcasm, because if so, then great post. If not, you should probably buy bottled water because the government is dropping acid in your tap



  10. RJ
    1:55 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    That writer’s opinion, like most things to come out of Detroit in the last 25 years, is worthless.



  11. Be honest...
    1:56 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Most of Cals players are a little overrated



  12. Flippy23
    1:56 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Detroit is a cesspool of a city…….the one that should be dancing in the street is Knight.



  13. Costa Rica
    1:56 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    “The Pistons were on the verge of winning the NBA Championship until that awful Brandon Knight showed up. We would have had at least two more titles by now if it weren’t for him. Detroit’s front office is the best in the NBA; our frontcourt is the best in the NBA and our bench is the best in the NBA.. but because of Brandon Knight, we lost games. Knight is also responsible for the several corrupt city administrations we’ve had in a row, the rampant unemployment, and the overall deterioration of this great city. Because of Brandon Knight, Detroit is the poster child for corrupt, bankrupt cities, and the butt of all late night talk show hosts. It’s all your fault, 21 year old Brandon Knight.”



  14. Maxbps8
    1:58 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    BK is a going to be an all-star. He’s too good, too talented, and WAY too smart to be anything but the best. BJ is a true and amazing talent. But BK has a level of intelligence simply not found in the nba…or very many other professions for that matter.

    I hope BK takes this personally and uses that energy to drive him to even greater heights.



  15. bmt22033
    1:59 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    It’s funny how many Louisville trolls 1) read KSR and 2) feel compelled to comment on posts that don’t even remotely reference UL. It’s almost like they’re obsessed with Kentucky or something…oh, wait…



  16. Maxbps8
    1:59 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, and Detroit is literally bankrupt and it’s not just the city but the short-sighted, ignorant writers like these that are perfect representatives (of Detroit).



  17. epps2shep
    2:04 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Watched many a Piston game as I’m a Detroit and UK fan. Knight’s biggest flaw is probably his propensity to commit unforced turnovers. BIG problem if you’re a PG in the NBA. His biggest strength has to be his ridiculous range from 3. I’ll miss him, but we wasn’t the answer. Really hate that he ended up in Milwaukee though.



  18. sdsdssd
    2:05 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    you put a player on an already failing and shitty team.. you expect him to turn it around in the drop of a dime? Knight is no Lebron..but he is not awful. Brandon Jennings was in the SAME situation in Milwaukee.



  19. Korean Tacos
    2:12 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, I definitely think a guy, Jennings, who’s never seen a shot he didn’t like or an open teammate is the answer. Good thing they have Josh Smith. His shot selection is as horrid as Jennings, so at least he’ll take shots away from Jennings. Oh, wait, that’s not good.



  20. NO MATT JONES
    2:16 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Detroit is a toilet of a city. They’re not making the play-offs.



  21. Chris
    2:21 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Knight is nothing special in the NBA.



  22. Matt Jones
    2:23 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Drew and I 69ed each other twelve times on the cruise.



  23. Han
    2:31 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Detroit still thinks they’re a contender, even though they’re far removed from the days of Billips, Hamilton, Prince, Wallace, and Wallace. It’s been a long time since they were a good franchise.



  24. epps2shep
    2:43 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    korean tacos, if you want to win games now, jennings is a better PG option than knight. period. that’s not changing. last season, knight averaged 13.3 ppg 4.0 ast 2.7 turn overs – jennings 17.4 ppg 6.5 ast 2.5 turnovers. josh smith, greg monroe, and andre drummond in the front court? good luck scoring. they now match up athletically with any team. been a long time since that’s been the case.



  25. Steve
    2:50 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    The LEAST of Detroit’s problems have been Brandon Knight at PG.



  26. Korean Tacos
    2:51 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jennings is one of those “good numbers on a bad team” guys. Here’s Jennings playoff FG% from this year– .400, .333, .200, .143. And his .400 performance was an 8-20 showing. I’m not saying Knight is better, but Jennings ain’t making you a title contender.



  27. Uh no.
    2:57 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    @24 don’t throw stats around it shows you don’t know what your talking about. A. Brandon Knights numbers reflect the poor way that he was utilized in Detroit. Switching from the 1 then the 2 then a sixth man role back to the 1 did nothing but stunt his nba growth. B. Lawrence Frank RUINS young players. And on the Jennings front. Being the only player on your roster other than Monta Ellis who can produce on offense then of course your stats are gonna be inflated.



  28. j3
    2:58 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    I really, really, really, like Brandon Knight. But I also think that Zack Lowe is really, really, really good at being really, really, really smart about the NBA. And Zack Lowe thinks that BKnight might never quite figure out how to run the pick and roll in the NBA. That’s a big enough worry to not sweat trading him for an overshooter/undersharer like Jennings.



  29. joecrawfordsfoot
    3:34 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    I am a diehard pistons fan as well as a member of the bbn. I’ve watched bk7 quite a bit throughout his 2 years in the league and I will say Detroit gave up on the Guy to early. He had a troublesome first 2 years but those who saw him play at UK should of known it would take sometime for him to adjust. He’s smart, has great work ethic and is a very good athlete and could be an all star in the near future if he continues to developed. Only thing working against him is the fact that almost every team in the eastern conference has a stud PG, heck almost every team in the NBA has a very good PG. But some quick notes to finish, Brandon Jennings is a solid PG, a terrific scorer who hopefully will learn to be more patient and unselfish fro
    Mo cheeks&Chauncey billups. And also the pistons do not play in Detroit, they actually play in auburn hills. Hince “The Palace of Auburn Hills”



  30. Ricky Rozay
    3:43 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking of credentials, you should see mine. I may be an insecure and negative person, with no resume, but I truly shine as an anonymous poster.



  31. jOmx
    3:59 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    I am a UK fan. but typically in the NBA you’re given 1-2 seasons as a guard. there isnt much developmental investment, you either pan out as a starter or don’t. Knight will be in the league a long time, he has range athleticism, and IQ. I agree he was misused, but like I said the NBA doesnt wait to see you develop! Knight will be a good option on a contender one year, but the thought of him manning the Point or 2 on a conference championship team is ridiculous. A lot of NBA success is the result of the right player in the right situation.



  32. gog8ors
    4:05 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Should have stayed in state and played for the Gators. Mama got taken care of by the UK boosters.



  33. Let's Take Care of You
    4:30 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Show your face #32-We need to take care of you, you piece of crap.



  34. SeoulCat
    4:56 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    #12, ever been to Milwaukee?



  35. Detroit's a DUMP
    5:38 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Detroit is a DUMP…. all Ville fans should live there



  36. the Big Dog
    6:41 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Like everyone else that has gotten out of that dump, Brandon Knight is lucky. It seemed like the Detroit paper had one story after the other about Brandon participating in civic activities with youth groups and charities. It was their loss.



  37. spookykim
    6:49 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    I am always shocked at the Knight supporters. He never cared anything about Kentucky. He never cared anything about Detroit. All Brandon Knight cares about is Brandon Knight. He could care less what team he plays on because he thinks he’s God’s gift to basketball whereever he is.



  38. Madison Wis.
    7:07 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    spookykim, cite your authority.

    Besides a coors lite.



  39. spookykim
    8:01 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    To be honest, I don’t have a clue about what Brandon Knight is thinking. How could I? My post is totally speculative and I have no real insight into anything at all. Just wanted to confess for real.



  40. Flippy23
    8:03 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yes #34. Have you? Beats the stuffing out of Detroit.



  41. Joe
    8:11 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    #12, ever been to Milwaukee?

    Unless its currently bankrupt and short 62% of its population, with 40% of its street lights out, a mean home price of $6,000 and a 58 minute police response time, it’s STILL probably better than Detroit.



  42. Great Post!
    8:13 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    You nailed it Joe!



  43. BPsycho
    8:54 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    #37 He will never care about Detroit. All Brandon Jennings cares about is Brandon Jennings. He could care less what team he plays on because he thinks he’s God’s gift to basketball wherever he is.

    Thur u go.



  44. Katdaddy
    9:26 pm August 3, 2013 Permalink

    BK was my favorite player since cal has been here. He’s the only one that i really got upset about when he left early. He wasn’t the most physical player but could flat out shot the rock. i thought he should’ve stayed another year but he was a lottery pick so i can’t blame him for leaving.



  45. Dick Vitale
    12:52 am August 4, 2013 Permalink

    “But Detroit fans seem utterly regret-less on shipping Brandon Knight out of town. And I, for one, think that Knight is going to make them regret calling it quits on him so soon, whether Jennings makes Detroit a playoff team or not”

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever. I guess “Shooting Guard” Knight is going to do to the Pistons just like Nerlens “Broken Knee” Noel is going to do to the teams who passed him up in the draft.



  46. k2ds
    9:08 am August 4, 2013 Permalink

    He became a joke when he tried to check kyrie at all star.