Brandon Knight probably isn’t one of the best shooting point guards – yet?

When the Pistons drafted Brandon Knight, Joe Dumars didn’t only praise his new point guard’s outside shooting, he called it elite.

“Chauncey can stand out there and shoot with the best of them, and this kid, that’s what he does,”Dumars said. “He can really, really shoot the ball. … He’s going to be one of those point guards that when you name the best shooting point guards, he’s going to be one of those guys.”

So, I asked the TrueHoop Network to name “the best shooting point guards,” and these nine names came up:

  • Chauncey Billups
  • Steve Nash
  • Chris Paul
  • Jameer Nelson
  • Deron Williams
  • Luke Ridnour
  • Stephen Curry
  • Jason Kidd,
  • Aaron Brooks

How do Knight’s 3-point numbers at Kentucky last year – 87-of-231 (37.7 percent) – compare with what those nine players did last season?

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Knight is a bit below the median, but it’s not completely fair to compare him to top NBA veterans yet. How did Knight’s 3-point shooting at Kentucky compare to those players’ rookie-year percentages?

Sheet 2

Of course, Knight’s percentage will likely drop as he adjusts to the NBA’s extended 3-point line – although maybe not as much it would’ve in past years, considering the NCAA moved back its 3-point line.

I’d set 35 percent as a fair bar for Knight this season. That would still rank him seventh relative to what those other players did last year and fourth relative to what they did as rookies.

When I name the best shooting point guards at the end of the season, I’d be surprised if I include Knight – yet.

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