Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight
28-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a long road back from a knee injury that included multiple trades and trips to the G League, Knight finally found some stability in Cleveland last season. The combo-guard appeared in 27 games for the Cavaliers, making 26 starts and averaging 8.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds across 23 minutes per game. He also shot 37.1 percent behind the arc on 3.6 attempts per game. While Knight is still a long way away from the form he was in earlier in his career when he had his breakout season in Milwaukee, Knight is still just 27 years old and proved last season in limited time with the Cavaliers that he can be a contributor at the NBA level. The biggest question for Knight entering the 2019-20 season is how he fits into Cleveland's plan, as the team will likely want to see as much as they can out of their young backcourt of Collin Sexton, who had a great second half to his rookie season, and first-round pick Darius Garland. While Knight appears to be one of the first two guards off the bench for this Cavaliers team, he also is an interesting trade piece given he is in the final year of what was a five-year, $70 million contract. Should Knight prove his worth once again in Cleveland, and with the Cavaliers expected to struggle yet again this season, he could end up being a candidate to be dealt at some point next season to a team in need of backcourt depth, or he could provide a team with some salary-cap relief. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns in July of 2015. Traded to the Rockets in August of 2018. Traded to the Cavaliers in February of 2019. Traded to the Pistons in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Brandon Emmanuel Knight was born in 1991 in Miami, Florida to Efrem and Tonya Knight. He went to Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and led his team to two state titles. In his junior season, Knight posted 31.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.2 steals per game. As a senior, he maintained that high level by averaging 32.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. Knight took home his fair share of high school awards, including twice winning Gatorade National Player of the Year and Florida Mr. Basketball. After his senior campaign, he was named a McDonald's All-American, a Jordan Brand Classic All-Star, and a first-team Parade All-American. Every summer, Knight hosts the Brandon Knight Skills Clinic at Pine Crest. Fans can check him out on Twitter (@Goodknight11).

College/International Summary

Knight was part of head coach John Calipari's second recruiting class at Kentucky in 2010-11 -- his only season in college. He joined the team the season after John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins left and took on a lead scoring role quickly. The 6-foot-3 guard scored 20 points or more in three of his first five games and was help to single-digit scoring just three times over the course of the season. Knight was named to the All-SEC First Team after averaging 15.3 points to help the Wildcats win the SEC Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Florida native helped Kentucky return to the Final Four. He scored 30 points in a win over West Virginia in the Round of 32 and put up 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists in an Elite Eight victory over North Carolina. On the season, Knight averaged 17.3 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds. After the Big Dance, Knight stated his intention to go pro and was selected eighth overall by the Pistons in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Posts six points, six dimes
GDetroit Pistons
March 11, 2020
Knight (knee) had six points (1-7 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 124-106 loss to the 76ers.
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Knight returned to action following a one-game absence with a knee issue and struggled badly from the field. Still, he has earned 30-plus minutes in two of his last three outings and has dished at least six assists in three of his last four.
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2019

Knight began the 2019-20 season with the Cavaliers. He appeared in 16 games for the team, averaging 4.9 points, 1.9 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes. He shot 32.6 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from three and 30.8 percent from the free-throw line. He was traded to the Pistons on Feb. 6. With Detroit, Knight appeared in nine games and averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds. He shot 38.3 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three and 76.2 percent from the free-throw line. Knight set single-game season highs of 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds, five threes, two steals and one block. Knight's longest streak of double-digit scoring was six games from Feb. 23 through Mar. 7. In 27.1 minutes per game, he averaged 15.8 points on 11.2 shots, 5.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Per 36 minutes, Knight averaged 14.3 points, 5.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

2018

Knight returned to the court in 2018-19 after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign while recovering from left knee injury. The former lottery pick began the season with a one-game stint in the G League before officially making his NBA return for Houston in a game against the Lakers on Dec. 13. He played four minutes in that contest and remained on a time restriction during his tenure with the Rockets, averaging under 10 minutes in 12 games while battling lingering knee soreness. A trade to Cleveland on Feb. 6 opened the door for Knight to receive more playing time. He joined the starting unit in his second game with the Cavs after scoring nine points in 12 minutes in his debut with the team. Knight remained a starter for the remainder of the season. Over 27 games with the Cavs, he averaged 8.5 points and 2.3 assists in 23 minutes per contest. Knight provided an offensive boost to Cleveland with solid long-range shooting and good ball handling. He averaged 1.3 three-pointers per game with 37 percent three point shooting accuracy that was a tick above his career rate. His overall 41.3 field goal percentage during his stint with the Cavs matched his career average. Knight also took good care of the ball, as his 9.8 percent turnover ratio represented the best mark of his career.

2017

Brandon Knight missed the entire 2017-18 season in an effort to recover from a torn ACL injury in his left knee.

2016

Knight appeared in 54 games (five starts) for the Suns during the 2016-17 season. He missed time due to various injuries. He saw 21.1 minutes per game and averaged 11.0 points on 39.8 percent shooting from the field, 32.4 percent from long range and 85.7 percent from the line. He also pitched in averages of 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds. Knight set single-game season highs of 32 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. His 32-point outing was his best overall effort of the campaign, and it occurred Nov. 16 against Denver. Knight shot 12-of-20 from the field, 3-of-5 from three and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe while also pitching in four rebounds, four assists and a steal in 28 minutes. Knight saw his most run of the season (35 minutes) during the team's second game against Oklahoma City, posting 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.

2015

Knight combined with Eric Bledsoe to form the Suns' backcourt through the first two months of the season before injuries befell both of them. Bledsoe went down first with a season-ending torn meniscus in December. That allowed Knight to take control of the offense before he succumbed to an adductor strain in late January and then a sports hernia shortly after returning to action in March. Though Knight was ultimately limited to 52 games, he put out the most productive season of his career. He set a career high with 19.6 points per game on 41.5 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from three and 85.2 percent from the line. He also averaged 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 36.0 minutes per game. Knight set new single-game career marks in points (38) and assists (15). In addition, Knight was able to accumulate four double-doubles and one triple-double. His best extended stretch of the season took place from Nov. 16 through Dec. 9. Across those 14 games, Knight averaged 22.9 points on 18.1 shots, 6.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals across 37.8 minutes.

2014

Knight spent the 2014-15 season with the Bucks and the Suns. He started the campaign in Milwaukee, where he appeared in 52 games and averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.5 minutes. He was dealt to Phoenix in a three-team deal in mid-February. He went on to appear in 11 games for the Suns, as a severely sprained ankle kept him out of 16 of the Suns' final 17 contests. With Phoenix, he averaged 13.4 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 31.5 minutes. Overall, he reached new career highs in three-point percentage (38.9), free-throw percentage (87.4), assists (5.2), rebounds (3.9) and steals (1.4) per game. He also set a new single-game career high with six steals. Two double-doubles were also a part of Knight's campaign. Arguably his best performance of the campaign occurred Dec. 2 during a three-point loss to the Cavaliers as a member of the Bucks. Knight saw 37 minutes and posted 27 points (10-18 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and three steals.

2013

In late July of 2013, Knight was traded (along with Khris Middleton) to the Bucks in exchange for Brandon Jennings. Knight proceeded to appear in 72 games (69 starts) with the Bucks, seeing 33.3 minutes per game. He averaged career highs in points (17.9), assists (4.9), rebounds (3.5) and steals (1.0). His points and assists both led the Bucks. Knight had the highest VORP (0.9) on the team, too. He reached career marks in field-goal percentage (.422) and free-throw percentage (.802). Knight set new single-game career highs in points (37), assists (14), rebounds (14) and steals (four). Knight finished the campaign scoring 30 or more points five times, grabbing at least five rebounds 20 times and dishing out at least five dimes in 36 contests. He also registered seven efforts with at least three steals and 16 outings with at least one block. He added four double-doubles as well.

2012

Knight appeared in 75 games (all starts) for the Pistons during the 2012-13 season. He saw 31.5 minutes per game and averaged per-game career highs in points (13.3), assists (4.0) and rebounds (3.3). He shot 40.7 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe. As he did last year during his rookie season, Knight drained 1.6 three-pointers per contest. On Nov. 16, the Kentucky product dished a career-best 12 assists, plus generated 10 points and six boards, during a close home loss to Orlando. Knight's best performance of the season occurred Dec. 8 during a seven-point win over the Cavaliers. In 38 minutes, Knight accumulated 30 points (10-20 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. On Feb. 27, Knight scored a career-high 32 points during a win at Washington. For the season, Knight recorded three double-doubles.

2011

Following one season at Kentucky, Knight was selected by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut during the first game of the year, which was a 12-point loss to the Pacers on Dec. 12 (late start due to the lockout-shortened season). He saw 17 minutes and posted nine points (3-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt), one rebound and one steal. Knight appeared in all 66 possible games for Detroit, starting 60 and averaging 12.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 32.3 minutes. During a Jan. 13 win at Charlotte, the young point guard grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds, plus added 13 points and four assists. Knight had three double-doubles on the season. On Feb. 3, the rookie posted 26 points, seven assists and three boards during a home win over the Bucks. On Apr. 17, Knight scored a season-high 28 points, to go with seven dimes and two boards, in a home win over the Cavaliers.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • December 1, 2011
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Detroit Pistons
  • July 31, 2013
    Traded by the Detroit Pistons with Viacheslav Kravtsov and Khris Middleton to the Milwaukee Bucks for Brandon Jennings.
  • February 19, 2015
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Milwaukee Bucks with Kendall Marshall to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee
  • July 17, 2015
    Signed a five-year contract with the Phoenix Suns
  • August 31, 2018
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns with Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.
  • February 7, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Houston Rockets with Marquese Chriss, a 2019 1st round draft pick and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Wade Baldwin, Nik Stauskas and a 2021 2nd round draft pick
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with John Henson and draft considerations to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Andre Drummond
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Knight's career has been marred by injury and that was no different during the 2017-18 campaign, as the 26-year-old missed the entire season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. He had also played less than 55 games in the prior two seasons as well, further exemplifying his inability to stay healthy. However, the expectation is that Knight is back to full strength after having over a year off to rehab his knee. There's also a pretty big hole to fill at point guard considering the Suns let Elfrid Payton walk in free agency and also opted to waive Tyler Ulis. That will give Knight every opportunity to claim a starting role, though his health will certainly dictate whether that comes to fruition. The Suns also drafted guard Elie Okobo early in the second round of this year's draft and he could ultimately get the call with the top unit if the Suns elect to prioritize his development rather than give a veteran like Knight the job. Either way, Knight will likely be on some sort of restrictions early on and will be nothing more than a late round flier in deeper leagues for those betting on his health. It is worth it to note that Knight is just three years past a 2015-16 campaign where he averaged 19.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 36.0 minutes.
Knight suffered a torn ACL in his left knee over the summer, requiring surgery, and could miss the entirety of the upcoming 2017-18 season. The combo guard struggled to find his way into the Suns' rotation last season, playing in just 54 games and posting 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 boards across 21.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the field -- all career-worsts. Now, it appears that there's a chance Knight won't participate at all during the 2017-18 season as the result of an ACL tear in his left knee, which he suffered while playing in his native South Florida. Though he wasn't expected to see a significant workload next season after floundering in a sixth-man role last year, his injury will likely open up more opportunities for the likes of Tyler Ulis and Elijah Millsap, assuming the Suns don't make a move to acquire another guard in free agency or via trade.
Knight combined with Eric Bledsoe to form one of the league’s more potent backcourts through the first two months of the season before injuries befell both of them. Bledsoe went down first with a season-ending torn meniscus in December, allowing Knight to take control of the offense before he succumbed to an adductor strain in late January and then a sports hernia shortly after returning to action in March. The injuries ended up limiting Knight to 52 games, but he still turned in career-best marks in most categories, averaging 19.6 points (on 41.5% shooting), 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.2 steals in 36.0 minutes per game. Though Knight’s ability to finish near the rim and knock down shots from the outside made him an excellent sidekick to Bledsoe, his alarmingly high 3.4 turnovers per game often led to the easy transition points for the opposition. Knight will need to make strides in that area if the Suns are to be more competitive in 2016-17, but a decline in usage rate may be enough in itself to curb his turnovers. After Devin Booker submitted a promising rookie season, Knight could see his playing time scaled back a bit to create more opportunities for the shooting guard, which may equate to a slight drop in his production across the board. Even so, at just 24 years old and with a five-year, $70 million contract in tow, Knight will remain an integral part of the Suns’ immediate plans.
For the first half of last season, Knight was the catalyst for a surprise Bucks team that exceeded expectations and would go on to earn the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. He averaged career-bests in field goal percentage, assists, and rebounds and was nearly an All-Star, just missing out on the final Eastern Conference reserve spot. Despite Knight's hot start, Milwaukee had reservations about making the 23-year-old its point guard of the future. At the trade deadline, the Bucks dealt Knight to Phoenix in a massive, three-team deal that brought reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee. Knight, who signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Suns this offseason, played in only 11 games after the trade, as a severe ankle sprain kept him sidelined for 15 of the team's final 16 contests. When he was on the court, he struggled, averaging just 13.4 points per game on 36 percent shooting, down from 17.8 points and 44 percent shooting in 52 games with the Bucks. Expected back at full health, and with a summer to acquaint himself with coach Jeff Hornacek's system, Knight projects to start alongside Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt. Neither player fits the mold of a "true" point guard, so it's likely they'll share primary ball-handling duties. While playing multiple point guards together ultimately failed for Hornacek last season, Knight, given his catch-and-shoot ability, figures to be a better fit off the ball than Goran Dragic or, especially, Isaiah Thomas. Archie Goodwin is expected to take a step forward, and rookie Devin Booker, after an encouraging summer, will be tough to keep off the floor, but Knight and Bledsoe are the clear top two in the Phoenix backcourt.
In his third NBA season, and first with the Bucks, Knight appeared in 72 games (starting 69) and set career highs in scoring (17.9), assists (4.9), rebounds (3.5), field goal percentage (42%), and free-throw percentage (80%). With a new coach to impress, Knight will look to prove last season's numbers weren't simply a result of him taking advantage of being the de facto go-to guy on a bad team. The biggest criticism of Knight at this point in his career is his inability to see the floor like a true point guard. While he was thrust into that role last season, the offseason additions of Jerryd Bayless and Kendall Marshall should allow Knight to play off the ball more frequently. He's a decent three-point shooter (36% career) but saw his percentage drop to a career-low 33 percent last season. One of the primary reasons for the decline was his high rate of pull-up attempts. Just 65 percent of Knight's made three-pointers resulted in an assist last season, compared to 89 percent with Detroit in 2012-13, when he shot nearly 37 percent from long range. Similar to last season, the Bucks' rotations are difficult to predict at this point. There's no doubt Knight will be one of Milwaukee's top contributors, but it remains to be seen if he'll spend more of his time at point guard or shooting guard.
In his first season with Milwaukee, Knight will start at point guard and could see minutes at the shooting guard spot as well. He struggled in the pick-and-roll setting in his two seasons with Detroit, averaging just 4.0 assists per game in 2012-13. Knight is a better three-point shooter and locker room presence than Brandon Jennings, but his decision-making will need to improve before he’s considered an upgrade at the position.
Knight put together a solid rookie campaign for the Pistons, earning All-Rookie First Team honors while finishing with averages of 12.8 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 threes and 0.7 steals in 32 mpg. The 21-year-old point guard was an efficient scorer all season long, hitting 41.5 percent from the floor, 38.0 percent from downtown and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe. He also proved to be a decent rebounder for a 6-3 point guard, pulling down five or more boards 18 times. The one area where Knight needs to show growth is in his ball distribution. He will probably never be among the league leaders in dimes, but Knight’s assist totals should start climbing as he continues to develop. Any restraints the Pistons had on Knight last season should be gone from the equation this year as he’s clearly one of the team’s top building blocks alongside Monroe and Stuckey. After Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson, Knight should be one of the top targets in fantasy from the 2011 NBA Draft class.
Knight was selected by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. He’s known more for his scoring prowess than ability to create for his teammates, as evident by his 17.3 points per game during his lone college season at Kentucky. While not as highly touted as previous John Calipari point guards (Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall), Knight was still considered the second best point guard of his draft class. He may not start right off the bat, but Knight is expected to have a significant role for the Pistons during his rookie season.
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Will play vs. Sixers
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March 10, 2020
Knight (knee) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Sixers, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
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Doesn't play Sunday
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March 9, 2020
Though coach Dwane Casey indicated Knight (knee) would be available in a limited role for Sunday's game against the Knicks, the veteran guard didn't see the court in the Pistons' 96-84 loss.
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Will be available in limited role
GDetroit Pistons
March 8, 2020
Knight (knee) will be available Sunday against the Knicks, but he'll have a minutes limit, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
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Status shaky for Sunday
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Hamstring
March 8, 2020
Knight is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Knicks with a right hamstring strain.
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Good to go Saturday
GDetroit Pistons
March 7, 2020
Knight (knee) is starting Saturday's game against the Jazz, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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