In 2013, the success of the Detroit Pistons will depend on two key factors. First, the health of their best player Greg Monroe. If he's not there, the Pistons don't have a prayer. A close second, is the play of their second-year point guard Brandon Knight.
Besides Monroe, Knight is the most important player on the Pistons' roster. He's been given the keys to the offense and his ability to improve upon his rookie year is paramount.
Last season was a quiet but solid one for Knight. He showed flashes of potential, but was inconsistent and overshadowed by rookies like Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio who were more NBA-ready.
As a result Knight flew under the radar. This could be his year to break out, if he takes the next step in his development.
Here's how Knight will thrive.