"We could use a little more strength at the five position, the four position and shooting and point guard position." - Danny Ainge

 
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11  -  Brandon Knight - PG/SG, 6'3, 189
Milwaukee Bucks - Acquired via trade in August 2013
       Date of birth: 12/02/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 8th pick, 2011
     Out of: Kentucky
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2010 - 2011 Kentucky (NCAA)
June 2011 - present Detroit Pistons (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
2011 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 8th overall by Detroit.
9th December, 2011 NBA Signed four year, $11,589,837 rookie scale contract with Detroit. Included team options for 2013/14 and 2014/15.
22nd November, 2012 NBA Detroit exercised 2013/14 team option.


From blog:


   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 2: Eastern Region
2011-03-16

In accordance with prophecy, Kentucky turned over their entire roster. Five players from last season were drafted into the NBA, while a 6th - shooting guard Darnell Dodson - was dismissed from the team. (He then promptly got arrested for disorderly conduct and transferred to Southern Mississippi, which will be his fourth team in four seasons.) Perry Stevenson and Ramon Harris graduated and turned professional, and therefore, the only returning players were Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Josh Harrellson and Jon Hood. Only the first two played significant minutes last season. It was, by and large, a complete reformation.

Of course, while a lot of talent went out, a lot more came in. Freshman Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb form arguably the best freshman trio in the nation, rivalled only by perhaps that of Ohio State. (Stacey Poole, another top 100 recruit, has played only 45 minutes all season. Not a good freshman season for Stacey Poole.)

Knight is a terrific scoring guard, in the mold of those such as Ben Gordon or Jason Terry. He's not really a point guard - he gets the ball over half court, makes the first pass, can find people in transition, and that's about it. Yet when it comes to scoring, he can do it all - driving, finishing, shooting, and creating shots. Much the same is true of Lamb, a born scorer way ahead of the usual freshman curve. Lamb scores from the perimeter, the mid-range and within the paint, all with startling efficiency. He is athletic, fluid, just about big enough, disciplined and agile, with the ability to create shots, hit open ones, run the court and get to the basket. He has a mid-range game, doesn't take bad shots, and doesn't make too many bad decisions. Furthermore, to compliment that, he has improved his defense significantly throughout the course of the season. He has real pro potential.

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   2011 NBA Draft Diary
2011-06-25

Pick 8: Detroit, who have been mismanaged in pretty much every conceivable way for a couple of years now, catch a break. Brandon Knight, the next Jason Terry, has fallen to them in a way that they probably did not expect, and they snap him up. Knight's presence in an already crowded backcourt serves only to further confuse the issue, but this would have been the case no matter who they drafted. Right now, nobody is a good fit in Detroit.

I wonder if they still have Brevin Knight's draft name board thing to recycle for Brandon. It has happened before, when Alade Aminu's (unused) board was salvaged for Al-Farouq Aminu the following season. If 22 of 30 NBA teams really were losing money, you would think that these kind of austerity measures would be in force. The financial crunch has already seen Mark Jones lose his chair for the evening. If they kept Kenny Walker's for Kemba, even better.

(The "B. Biyombo" one can probably be eBayed.)

In his one minute round-up of Knight's abilities, Jay Bilas calls him "good" ten times, and a "guy" five times.

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   Sham's unnecessarily great big draft board: Point Guards
2011-06-22

Brandon Knight - The second best guard in the draft, and quite possibly the third overall pick in it, has the upside of Jason Terry. For whatever reason, this is often assumed as a bad thing, despite the fact that Jason Terry just won a ring as the second or third best player on an NBA championship winning team, averages 16 and 5 for his career, and is amongst the all-time leaders in three point shooting. If Brandon Knight were to develop into anything like Jason Terry - specifically a Mavs-era Terry, but a Hawks-era Terry would do too - then what's not to like?

Wouldn't Jason Terry go third or fourth overall in this draft?

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