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I hope this isn't the case, but it would not shock me if the Detroit Pistons trade Brandon Knight on Thursday for a more natural shooting guard.
Knight, who has only played in the NBA for one-and-a-half seasons, started out as the Pistons' point guard of the future. However, he has since moved to shooting guard in order to accommodate Jose Calderon.
Knight, who is averaging 4.0 assists per game through his career so far, may not be given a chance to be the starting point guard for the Pistons if Calderon re-signs this offseason.
The criticism around Knight is that he lacks the quickness and the athleticism to develop into a top point guard in the NBA. Though, sometimes it just takes time to become a great point guard. Chauncey Billups is the perfect example of this, since he bloomed late and took a while to become an All-Star.
While I believe Knight can still turn into a special player, if the Pistons don't, then they should find a team that would be willing to use him as their starting point guard. If the Pistons do find that team, then there could be a significant trade that could alter the direction of the Pistons going forward.
Knight is the type of player that the Pistons want to acquire for the future—young, full of potential and with strong work effort. To give up on Knight this soon would be counter-intuitive to what the Pistons want to build.
Percentage of likelihood to be traded: 10 percent
*Statistics are as of Feb. 15
**All statistics are from basketball-reference.com