On Wednesday night, Brandon Knight answered a lot of questions, including one incredibly interesting one that I asked about the rookie just a day before:
Does Brandon Knight have the ability to take over the franchise with that inner dog?
The term “dog”, is only used in sports to describe the dynamics and determination that a player on a team shows when his/her team requires it. Watching Brandon Knight made something apparent about his future with the Detroit Pistons.
He definitely has the heart to be the dog of the Pistons even though a starting job has yet to be relinquished to him.
Knight still has a lot of games to play before he can replace either Ben Gordon or Rodney Stuckey on even a trial basis, but do not count him out of the 2012 Rookie of the Year races. Knight caught fire later in the meeting against the Cleveland Cavaliers and closed out the contest with 23 points.
What better way to show off in front of the home audience in the season’s home opener than to shoot for 76.9% in field goals and 3-of-5 behind the three-point line?
Do not expect Knight to stop coming off of the bench anytime sooner than later. The dynamic that seems to work at least a little bit between both Stuckey and Gordon will not be pushed to the side off of one game. But, what a hell of a game it was that he had. No more Richard Hamilton gives Knight a lot more quality playing time even in his reserve role.
The most impressive thing about Knight is his confidence in the stroke that he has continued to develop even after the lockout trounced most of his offseason. The pull-up jumper has been a stroke of genius for him with Kentucky and he has forced that skill into the professional scheme of basketball. Knight becomes hard to guard when he makes those quick stop-and-pops forcing the defender into a lane of confusion.
Knight can be great. From the looks of his first 20-point game in the league, he will be great. The Detroit Pistons stole him in the 2011 NBA Draft and are reaping the benefits of what his raw athleticism and pitbull personality can bring for their future.