Knight also doesn’t have teammates constantly in his ear, although veterans Corey Maggette and Tayshaun Prince have taken turns pulling him aside during games, especially when he’s struggling. Prince pointed out Knight before the season, calling his development a key to whatever success the Pistons might have.
"I think I’m pretty good at what to take and listen to and what not to," Knight said. "It can for some guys get confusing when you have a lot of guys telling you what you should be doing."
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press also has a good article on the Pistons’ leadership dynamics. Tayshaun Prince is much improved in that regard, and Corey Maggette is doing his best considering he’s out of the rotation.
But I think it’s good Brandon Knight – and Greg Monroe – are developing in a leadership vacuum. It certainly beats the days when guys like Richard Hamilton and Prince were leading boycotts of John Kuester’s shootarounds. Now, Knight and Monroe can develop into the leaders they appear capable of becoming without that spot already held.