Sebastian Pruiti scouts Brandon Knight

Sebastian Pruiti of wrote a very interesting scouting report on Brandon Knight.

An excerpt of the strengths section:

Despite not being a crazy athletic ball handler like a Derrick Rose or John Wall, Knight simply has a knack to get into the lane with relative ease.  He has a quick first step and and uses hesitation/misdirection moves very well, allowing him to get his defender on his hip and get by him on his way to the paint.  Off of the catch, Knight loves using the jab step and it is easy to see why, he does a great job of using it to catch his defender leaning one way or the other and then takes advantage, going by him with the dribble:

Again, unlike a Derrick Rose or a John Wall, Knight isn’t going to explode to the rim and finish with powerful dunks.  He’s simply not that type of athlete.  However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t able to score once he gets into the paint.  According to Synergy, on shots around the basket Knight shoots 62.4%.  Knight has a great touch and he loves to use that touch when shooting a variety of floaters over bigger help defenders:

An excerpt of the weaknesses section:

Knight always seems to take one more dribble than he should when he is in passing situations.  He takes a little too long to identify the open player and by that time it is too late to make the pass, but that doesn’t keep Knight from trying.  Also, Knight doesn’t do a great job handling hard traps when coming off of ball screens.  We mentioned how much of a scoring threat Knight can be in PNR situations, and because of that, teams started trapping him coming off of ball screens.  Knight had a really hard time making passes out of these traps, turning the ball over 9.5% of the time when the defense commits to him as he comes off of ball screens.

Check out Pruiti’s post for more analysis and videos that back up everything he says.

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