Fantasy Basketball Stud Performance: Brandon Knight Drops Career-High 31 Points

Brandon Knight - Detroit Pistons

Kim Klement – USA Today

The Detroit Pistons are not going anywhere this season, but they may have found their star point guard for the future in Brandon Knight.

Knight recorded a career-high 31 points Sunday night in a 104-102 win against the Orlando Magic. The second-year point guard was 12-16 from the field and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers on eight attempts. Knight has started every game at the for fantasy basketball owners this season, and while he’s had his ups and downs, he has shown great promise at times, especially Sunday night. He did have his downfalls, failing to record any assists and finishing with a -5 on the game, but he did grab four rebounds and is averaging solid 3.5 average on the season.

Knight’s 31 points was well above his 13.7 points per game on the year, and he has scored in the double digits in all but three games in January. Knight is maturing into a strong fantasy option at point guard and will certainly be worth watching for next season.

For the Magic, Jameer Nelson had the pleasure of going up against Knight and finished the game with a +/- of -7. However,  Nelson did score eight points with eight assists and six rebounds for an overall solid fantasy performance of his own.

In his second year, Knight has improved on all major categories from his rookie year, though the numbers are pretty close, which begs the question of whether or not we’ve seen the best of Knight or he can actually take that next step into stardom in the NBA. He is scoring around a point more per game than last year, and at the age of 21, he still has plenty of room for improvement. If the Pistons can add another piece to the puzzle, they will already be set with center Greg Monroe and Knight at the point.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert for Rants Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rarleo.


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