The NBA went with a foreign movement last night in the top half of the lottery and left Brandon Knight to get nabbed by the Detroit Pistons – a team he never even worked out for. The Pistons clearly went the “best player available” route and scooped up the point guard from Kentucky, but why was a guy who was projected as high as #3 overall to Utah still hanging around? The answer might surprise you.
CBS’ Matt Moore says Knight “plummeted due to his attitude”. That revelation comes as a complete shock to anyone who’s followed his career. Isn’t he the high-character guy with the good grades? The one with the leadership skills teams wanted? Well, according to our Matt Jones, he is. “Attitude” isn’t the best word for it. Teams were just concerned that he wouldn’t work out against Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette. The logic in the decision seemed to be sound, as Knight really had nothing to gain by working out against guys projected to go lower than him. He still went ahead of them. It was just lower than expected.
That’s all fine though because you know who isn’t disappointed in him or his attitude? The Pistons. In fact, Detroit is thrilled to have him.