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Mike DeCourcy Pens Knight As Potential Bust

Good old Mike DeCourcy must have kept a grudge after BTI refused to capitalize the C in his last name, as it looks like Mike has gone and picked Brandon Knight as one of his “5 risky NBA Draft picks that could go bust.”  While studiers of the draft seem to disagree with DeCourcy – with Chad Ford saying Knight has all the tools to be better than Kyrie Irving – each man is  entitled to his opinion, so let’s see what Mike has to say.

On Brandon Knight:

Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky. What is it, exactly, that turned Knight into a likely top-5 pick? John Wall-type athleticism? Doesn’t have it. The strength of a Derrick Rose? That, either. The playmaking wizardry of Jason Kidd? Huh-uh.

Knight is a capable shooter but not extraordinary. He has good size for the point guard position, but we’re not talking about Magic Johnson or Penny Hardaway. Knight is 6-3, 185. Deron Williams has him by 22 pounds.

Talk to coaches who’ve opposed him, and they’ll tell you Knight has almost no use for his left hand. If a defender sits on his right hand, Knight can’t cross over and drive in the opposite direction.

The past three point guards to play for John Calipari at Memphis and Kentucky were Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall, so it might be that some are expecting that magic to continue as if by osmosis.

Well I’m not going to go all BTI and deconstruct Mike’s snippet, but I will disagree with it.  Maybe Knight doesn’t have quite the John Wall athleticism – but he’s got a much better shot and is just as fast.

Deron Williams?  Well he’s 26 right now, and was about 9 pounds lighter when he was drafted.  Still bigger than Knight, but it’s not like size isn’t something a strength coach can’t fix.

Knight can’t go left?  Maybe he prefers to go right, but looking at a few highlight packages from last year and I’ve already found a number of shots he drove past his defender to the left – or finished with his left hand.

I can understand those that might be wary of Knight if they want to draft him to play a pure point – he is more Brandon Jennings (who happens to be 6’1″ and 170 pounds for those keeping track at home) than Jason Kidd at this point.  There is probably something to the idea that you don’t want to be ‘learning your position’ in the NBA.  But Knight is one of the smartest players in the draft, and if any one can learn how to change their game in the NBA, it would be Knight.

But even if he doesn’t, he still won’t be a bust.

Article written by Will Lentz

26 Comments for Mike DeCourcy Pens Knight As Potential Bust

  1. bob
    6:14 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I think he’ll be a solid NBA player and he has a better shot than Wall but thats where it ends and he’s not as fast.

  2. .
    6:19 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    If you only read the description of why Knight will be a bust, you could swear he’s talking about Kyrie Irving.

  3. Blue Virus
    6:23 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Has Dedouchey ever seen a player by the name of Rondo?

  4. Wakecat
    6:29 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not agreeing with DeCourcy’s analysis, but I think there is a risk Knight could be a “bust” in relation to the posiiton at which he is being drafted; or stated better, may not live up to the expectations of a #3 pick. I think Knight is a fine player and good scorer, but I do not think he was the third best player I saw while watching college basketball last year. It’s just hard to blieve he is being considered at #3. Rondo was a late teens / early 20s draft pick, if I recall correctly. If Knight was picked at the same draft slot as Rondo, I do not think there would be any talk of him being a bust. What I think Knight will deliver is what is expected from a late teen / early 20s pick. But at #3, that’s a lot of expectation to live up to.

  5. Sorry
    6:33 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I feel the same as DeCourcy… If you watched UK all year(I’m assuming you all did), Knight can’t drive to the hoop with anywhere near the authority that Wall could, or any elite NBA point guards. He doesn’t really pass very well either… pretty much all passing he did was simple handoffs outside the 3pt line, no drive and dish outs or anything spectacular

  6. ukchampion
    6:48 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    i actually agree with everything he says here and i at one time almost declared he would indeed be a bust. BUT the one thing that deCoucy fails to mention and probably doesn’t know because he’s a moron and doesn’t bother to consider: Knights determination and attitude and competitiveness is a HUGE plus. it sounds cliche but Knight’s skills are certainly passable at the pro level, but his mentality is similar to Kobe Bryant, he is obsessed with winning and getting better, which will separate him from all the rest players with similar skill level, and make him a valuable player, although it may take a few years.

  7. Big Blue 66
    6:54 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    You know when this guy is complete and utter BS when he thinks a kid that played at UK, went to the final four and is slotted as a lottery pick, has no use for his left hand…..what an absolute idiot. All of these pencil neck media losers that couldnt make their grade school team are unbelievable.

  8. Lex07
    7:16 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Knight will eventually do well for himself in the NBA, but early on he is going to struggle because he can be taken out of his game by physical play. College kids could do it to him, and the NBA is full of grown men. But that is just in the short term, the guy is too mentally solid and motivated to not continue improving and reaching his full potential. He does not strike me as the kind of player a franchise actually builds around, though. He needs the right fit.

  9. TheVig
    7:39 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Knight is not just a s fast as Wall.

    Decourcy is wrong on many levels but let’s not also state bent assessments.

  10. Manchester
    7:45 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Who gives a f#$k what DECORSAY says. Damn, I wish I knew how to spell his name.

  11. phantompain
    7:46 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know how well Knight will eventually do in the NBA, but there is something that I absolutely know for certain.

    Brandon Knight is no where near as fast as John Wall. Knight isn’t slow by any means, but he isn’t as fast as Bledsoe who isn’t as fast as Wall.

  12. Blaineman
    7:56 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA….Lois…This is not my Batman mug…. No seriously though..Will- Knight is “just as fast as Wall”. Did you really say that? So Knight will be the fastest player in the NBA along with Wall. Is that what you’re selling? You’re better than that. Knight’s a nice player, but let’s not get crazy here.

  13. bigbill992001
    8:04 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Hey, EVERYONE is a POTENTIAL bust. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

  14. Chris Roush
    8:11 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    That clip still pumps me up!

  15. bung
    8:37 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Nick dEcursery is a Wildcat hater just like Tippy. Trying to hurt kids in the draft is pretty low. Fast break for #8 next year. Hey Will, u read the Rupp Years by Tev Laudeman yet?

  16. KevinKat78
    8:40 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Knight is not as fast as Wall. Knight has much better ball control and shoots better. I liked Knight better at UK. Why was Knight not an All American? There were times both Knight and Wall failed to produce like all players. I think Knight will do well no matter where or when he goes.

  17. HereForTheLulz
    8:57 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Knight is nowhere near as fast as Wall. To even utter that statement is blind homerism.

    Knight very well could be a bust for a #3 pick. Tweeners often struggle in the NBA and that’s what Knight is at this point.

  18. bigbluecats350
    9:11 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    everyone is entitled to their opinion, no Knight is not as fast as Wall. But Knight has better shooting ability and makes less wreckless decisions on the floor. Yes, Wall is more exciting to watch because of that. But Knight had far fewer turnovers than Wall and Knight isnt and wasnt a true point guard. He had to run the team because he was the best option for the job. If they will be smart about it, Knight will be placed at the SG spot and with some years under his belt, I think Knight will be as clutch as Kobe when the games is on the line. He showed that he was more than capable in the tourney.

  19. G$
    9:12 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Knight just as fast as Wall. Uh, no. Not even close. One thing BK does have going for him is his work ethic, and he’ll need it playing in the NBA’s current great PG era.

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    10:54 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

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  21. bob1378
    11:01 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I could watch that clip all night.

  22. Tom Handy
    8:22 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    That clip will never get old….

  23. Lou eaton
    9:01 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    The 3rd pic is surprising BUT the NBA teams may be looking at “potential” and Knight has the size, IQ, shot, and savy to perform in big games as he demostrated in the NCAA as well as the final season games and SEC tourney.

  24. Jones Returns
    10:16 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    trolls unite

  25. Rondo's Headband
    12:09 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    I hope BK is reading/watching all these comments and remembers, many will jump on board later and claim they were there all the time! BK will make believers out of all the nay-sayers!

  26. BJE
    12:24 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Decourcy, we award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul…

    The reason BK is top 5 is because if Russell Westbrook (who has the most similar game to BK of all pgs in the League – – surprised that wasn’t mentioned) was in the draft he would be a top 5 pick…

    Just heard via twitter that Dickcourcy is enrolling in Jim Harrick’s basketball class, this semester focuses on “player development and scouting.”