It’s time we acknowledged it: Brandon Knight is one of the most under-appreciated players in the NBA. Most remember him for his low-lights (getting dunked on by Deandre Jordan, crossed-up by Kyrie, or missing a game-winning breakaway layup). Yet, few have paid attention to his prominent role in leading the Milwaukee Bucks to 17 wins (already 2 more than last season) and 6th place in the East.
Among Eastern Conference point guards, Knight is second in three point shooting, third in scoring, third in rebounds, third in adjusted Field goal percentage, and fifth in PER. Yet, he isn’t among the top 10 in All-Star voting for the Eastern Conference backcourt. His teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averages a staggering 12 points and 6 rebounds a game, is 9th.
This fact isn’t surprising; Knight isn’t incredibly popular among the Buck’s fan base. This quote from the team’s Reddit last week represents the opinion of a good portion of Milwaukee fans:
Knight’s time in Milwaukee came at the wrong time… He is not our PG of the future since he is always shoot first and has a selfish mentality… He’ll hinder Giannis and Jabari’s development if he believes he’s the best player on the team and deserves 20 shots a game and the ball in the closing seconds. He is not Russell Westbrook.
…really? Knight leads the playoff-bound Bucks in minutes, points, assists, steals, 3 pointers, and PER, and fans want to trade him?
Obviously, he isn’t perfect. Knight has never been a distributor, he turns it over a lot, and he can be a bit of a ballhog at the end the game. But really, who else is going to take shots for this team in crunch time? OJ Mayo? Khris Middleton?
With Knight, Jabari Parker, and Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have a solid core of young talent and should be playoff contenders in the upcoming seasons.The franchise is at its best position in years, and Knight (along with coach Jason Kidd) deserves a lot of the credit. The problem: he’s not getting it.
He probably doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star this season (Wall, Jeff Teague, Kyle Lowry, and possibly Kyrie Irving are better) but he should at least be in contention. BBN, let’s give him some much-deserved love. You can vote for Brandon to make the All-Star game daily on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #NBABallot and including his first and last name. If you want to vote for other former Cats (which you should) be sure to do it in a separate post/ tweet.
While voting, remember this: