Brandon Jennings to Detroit: 3 Reasons Why the Deal Happened

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1.) Brandon Knight’s Sophomore Struggle

Apr 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (7) looks on during a free throw in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 107-101. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

- Brandon Knight’s struggles last year at the point guard position was no secret. He upped his averages in points and assists last year in increased minutes, however his turnovers were a huge part of his game and that was a big scare for a player that has to protect the ball every night.

Knight took a step behind players like Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Bobcats (9th overall pick 2011), and Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings (60th overall pick 2011). Even after a poor second season, there was still hope that new head coach Mo Cheeks and the return of 2004 Finals MVP Chauncey Billups could help mold Knight from a set-up two-guard to a play-making point guard. Clearly Joe Dumars had some doubt when it came to Knight, which resulted in his eventual departure.

Brandon Knight finished his career in Detroit with career averages of 13.1 points, 3.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 turnovers (ouch!) in 31.9 minutes a game.

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Topics: Brandon Jennings, Brandon Knight, Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons, Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks, Mo Cheeks, Viacheslav Kravtsov

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