The NBA is a funny place.
It’s a point guard’s league, but not one that typically gets major results (Larry O’Brien Trophies) from point guards.
Nonetheless, Brandon Knight may be the best long-term answer to the point guard position in Utah for years and years to come.
Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Derrick Rose—just a few players coached by John Calipari in college that found instant success in the NBA. Calipari is a point guard coach at his best.
The general consensus around the NBA is that the Cleveland Cavaliers will take Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick—let them. The last thing the Jazz need is an unproven player who wasn’t able to showcase his talents. That isn’t to say that he’s not the top prospect. It’s merely an observation.
The Minnesota Timberwolves' plans may have changed dramatically with Ricky Rubio announcing that he’ll be lacing up in the NBA next season. They’ve addressed their need for a point guard. Now, they’ll have to choose between Derrick Williams—a Michael Beasley play-alike—and Enes Kanter—potentially a solid running-mate for Kevin Love.
That will leave the Jazz to pick between Kanter, Williams and Knight.
The frontcourt is already crowded in Utah, and Derrick Favors has yet to see any solid minutes. Bye-bye Kanter.
Then there’s Williams, potentially the second D-Will in Utah. But here’s the knock on Williams, two knocks, actually:
He’s a two-footed jumper without a clear position. There isn’t an elite scorer in the NBA that jumps off two feet. It’s a costly extra step in a league where timing means everything, and it leads to shots getting blocked.
Add to that the fact that he’s not a small forward or a power forward and, to me at least, it spells a flop in the NBA. And even if it doesn’t, it means minutes and management problems around Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and potentially Mehmet Okur.
Brandon Knight has an incredibly high ceiling with an already established skill-set. Pairing him next to Earl Watson and Devin Harris could rapidly speed his growth.
He has a mental toughness and willingness to learn that will only be beneficial next to Gordon Hayward, Favors and this year’s 12th pick (keep reading).