Detroit Pistons: Brandon Knight and 3 Players Ready to Step into Stardom
It's been a very rough few years for fans of the Detroit Pistons, but players like Brandon Knight, Jonas Jerebko and Greg Monroe look poised to start a youth movement that will revolutionize the once proud organization.
The Pistons need a change, and they need it in the worst way.
Since winning the 2004 NBA Championship the team has grown stale and complacent, but the old guard is all but out.
I expect these three young players to be catalysts for change in this new era of Pistons basketball.
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An impressive rookie season that saw Jerebko averaging 9.3 points and six rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game was overshadowed by a season ending Achilles tendon injury in the 2010-2011 preseason.
At first he was known as a hustle player that was an excellent rebounder, but as he got more confident he became a strong offensive threat, especially from mid-range.
He has the athletic ability to work around post players, and he is way too large to be properly defended by a guard.
I expect Jerebko will be one of the bigger matchup problems in the NBA this season.
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Greg Monroe averaged 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his rookie season with the Pistons.
While it took him a while to get acclimated to the NBA, by the end of the season he was one of the better young post players in the game.
He is developing great footwork under the basket, and he is already one of the better passers in the post.
He's going to be the Pistons main focus in the paint this season, and I expect his performance will increase as his role as a leader and staple of this team does.
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Brandon Knight has the potential to be a star in the NBA.
In one season in Kentucky he averaged 17.3 points, 4.2 assists and four rebounds a game.
He excellent off the dribble and seems to have a knack for finding the rim, even in traffic. What makes him so dangerous is his combination of size and speed. While 6-3 189 pounds may not seem imposing, he's incredibly strong and uses his athleticism to get to the rack.
Knight is also a very underrated passer, and you can bet that new head coach Lawrence Frank will be preaching running the offence before trying to "get his own".
This guy is the Pistons star of the future.