Brandon Knight ranked 15th-best rookie by David Thorpe

Brandon Knight stands 15th in David Thorpe’s rookie rankings. Here’s how Thorpe evaluated Knight:

Quite honestly, there are so many things Knight does stunningly well. But we’ll address those another time. One issue I see with him — and something I see from most young guards — is a failure to shift to a higher gear and take a better angle when using ball screens early in the offense. Knight is content with simply moving from one side of the court to the other, and the lack of focus to force the defense to work to defend the action makes it easy for the opposition.

Great guards are almost always on the attack, or at least aware and ready to attack when they see even the slightest mistake from a defender. Being in attack mode early in the offense can force those mistakes.

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