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Brandon Knight will get the chance to prove he can play point guard with a much-improved roster.
Unless Dumars makes another big move, it appears that Brandon Knight will get another chance to prove he can be the Pistons' starting point guard.
After last season's acquisition of Jose Calderon, Knight spent the majority of his time at off-guard, where he was miscast as the team's No. 2 scoring option.
There is no question he has offensive talent—at age 21, his career scoring average is 13.1. His career average from three is 37.3 percent, and he is particularly good from the top of the arc and the right corner.
But in his first two seasons he's been asked to carry too much of an offensive load, which has really hurt his efficiency.
In 2012-13 he averaged 4.0 assists and 2.7 turnovers, for an assist/turnover ratio of 1.48. According to ESPN Insider, his 20.4 assist ratio ranked 70th among the 82 qualified point guards.
Knight isn't expected to ever become Steve Nash, but if he is the long-term answer at point guard, he needs to improve his decision-making and cut down on the turnovers. Their much-improved roster should help take pressure off of him to create his own shot.
On the defensive end, he is already an above-average player, with his length and quickness giving offensive players issues. According to 82games.com, opposing point guards posted an average PER of 12.4 against him, and shooting guards were held to a 9.7.
When he plays alongside Caldwell-Pope, Smith and Drummond, the Pistons will have one of the most athletic defensive lineups in the league. They have the length and quickness to play a swarming defensive style, similar to that of the Miami Heat.
Knight is still raw and may not be a pure point guard, but he's the most talented guard on the Pistons roster. His ability to run their offense effectively will be a huge factor in their quest to make the postseason.