Is Brandon Knight Still Milwaukee Bucks' Point Guard of the Future?

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Is Brandon Knight Still Milwaukee Bucks' Point Guard of the Future?
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Brandon Knight's inaugural season with the Milwaukee Bucks was nothing to scoff at. He improved statistically in almost every major category and developed as a point guard. But was that enough to hold his spot as the franchise's point guard of the future?

The short answer is yes.

Knight's play in 2013-14 was a significant improvement over his first two seasons in the league with the Detroit Pistons. The 22-year-old averaged 17.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting 42.2 percent from the field.

And the stats weren't the only thing speaking towards his improvement. His court vision got better, he became more aggressive and he showed sings of leadership.

But why is that enough for the Bucks to entrust the future of the position to him?

Let's take a deeper look.

 

Putting It Together Offensively

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Knight's first few seasons in Detroit were probably not quite what the franchise pictured when it drafted him in 2011. He wasn't very efficient, he wasn't making teammates better and he almost always settled for jumpers.

Fast forward two years, though, and those are all trends headed in the right direction. And one of the most important positive trends is his aggression. On the surface, his shot chart probably won't impress much.

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However, it's important to note the number of field-goal attempts at the rim. Those 444 attempts were up from 349 in 2012-13, and he finished a higher percentage of them.  

Knight still has a propensity to take too many perimeter shots—especially from behind the three-point line—but that he's realizing he can become a far more useful player when he attacks is crucial to his development as a point guard.

At 6'3", 189 pounds, Knight has pretty good size for the position. That's especially true when you look at his frame. Compared to most point guards, Knight is relatively chiseled and appears to be quite strong, showcasing an ability to finish at the rim and absorb contact.

There's still plenty of room for improvement, and Knight would benefit even more from better shot selection, but there's no doubt he's making strides when it comes to scoring.

And how about his development as a distributor?

Again, it's a work in progress, but Knight has shown signs of improvement. The 4.9 assists he averaged last season was the best of his career, and he managed to not only while limiting his turnovers.

The above video not only shows Knight making some nice passes, but it illustrates that when he gets into the lane, good things happen.

If the team drafts Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker with the second pick of the upcoming draft, he might have even more room to work.

 

Leadership

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One thing the Bucks are in desperate need of is a leader.

Sure Parker might be able to be able to fit that role...eventually. But will the Duke product be able to lead a team of professionals from the get-go? Maybe, maybe not.

Knight demonstrated his growth as a leader this past season. In an article written by Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Knight said, "My main focus right now is getting the team right...I know I work hard. Individual play will take care of itself because of the amount of work you put in."

The fact that he seems to comprehend that the team is more important than the individual speaks large volumes towards his mentality. If Knight can continue to grasp the notion of being a leader, he is definitely someone the Bucks should consider their future point guard.

Point guards, more than any position, need both to be authoritative and efficient when directing the offense. John Stockton, Isaiah Thomas, Magic Johnson. What do they have in common? Sure, they were all tremendous players but, more importantly, they were great leaders on and off the court.

Are there still questions about Knight's game?

Absolutely.

But, in the end, there is no reason why the Bucks should give up on him after a 2013-14 season that showcased his excellent upside.

 

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