2011 NBA Draft Results: Winner -- Brandon Knight Falls in Pistons' Lap
Much like how the Sacramento Kings were big losers by missing out on the Brandon Knight sweepstakes, the Detroit Pistons had to have been ecstatic that Knight was available at No. 8.
Popular notion suggested that the Pistons would wind up with either Kawhi Leonard, an athletic swingman that has scouts torn on his upside, or Kemba Walker, a proven winner with questions surrounding how his game will actually translate to an NBA court.
Instead, the Pistons landed a very, very high-upside pick in Knight which seemed extremely unlikely at the draft’s outset that he’d be available.
The Pistons have been spinning their wheels in the proverbial mud as they’ve gotten older since their “glory” years of the mid-2000s and had failed free-agent signing after failed free-agent signing (see: Gordon, Ben; Villanueva, Charlie; McGrady, Tracy).
So the fact that they were able to infuse some unexpected and talented youth into their backcourt gives the Pistons an immediate stepping stone in their rebuilding process.
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