I linked to SB Nation’s continuing countdown of who writers Tom Ziller, Andrew Sharp and Mike Prada think will be the top 99 players in 2015 and our second Piston has arrived on the list, Brandon Knight at No. 55:
Brandon Knight was 4.0 student in high school. Brandon Knight became the go-to scorer in crunch time for Kentucky last season, and carried his team to the FInal Four. Brandon Knight looked pissed on draft night. He may not have the skills and/or athleticism to crack the top 25 of this list, but Brandon Knight will be really good, and along with Greg Monroe, he’ll bring the Pistons back from the dead over the next few years. — Sharp
PRADA: Brandon Knight also committed five gazillion turnovers last season in the SEC.
ZILLER: I think Knight’s NBA potential depends completely on his jumper. It fell regularly enough at Kentucky that I think this ranking is fair. And besides, at least he’s not Rodney Stuckey! (Who Sharp picked in these very rankings, I might add.)
My guess is Monroe will be the only other Piston to make their list, but with Rodney Stuckey getting chosen at the 82nd spot on their list, I think the Pistons would take having three of the 99 best players in the league in 2015. It’s certainly an improvement over what they have now, and on top of that, many of the players the SB Nation guys are listing are current high school and college players, so perhaps with a little lottery luck, the Pistons add another impact player to that mix.