As the top two point guards not named Kyrie Irving in this year’s draft, Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker will likely be compared throughout their careers. Prior to the draft, there were questions about who was better — take the established college star in Walker, an upper classmen who led UConn to a national title, or pluck the talented but raw freshman Knight off the John Calipari tree and hope he develops like other Calipari finds?
With the eighth pick, the Pistons had their choice and, obviously, went with Knight. But, as the numerous media personalities who voted in ESPN’s project ranking the top 500 NBA players (including this year’s incoming rookies) show, there’s still not a consensus on who the better player is. Walker and Knight finished with the exact same score in the voting, putting them tied for 267th in the rankings.
Now, as I’ve said in previous posts, it’s hard to gauge incoming rookies since they have no NBA body of work to date, which is why many are starting off low in the rankings. I think it’s a good bet that both Knight and Walker, by the end of the season, would finish much higher in the rankings. As it stands, Knight is the fifth Piston unveiled. The others are Chris Wilcox (330), Kyle Singler (446), Terrico White (472) and Vernon Macklin (498).
And, if you’re on Twitter, feel free to follow along. The @NBAonESPN account is unveiling the names and picking the best comments that use the #NBARank hashtag for retweets and also featuring some on ESPN.com.