Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight had missed the three games in a row with a hyper-extended right knee, but he returned with a vengeance on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards, scoring a career-high 32 points (5 of 6 on 3-pointers) along with four assists, three rebounds and one steal in Detroit’s 96-95 victory.
Over his last three games Knight is averaging 22.0 points per game, while making over 57 percent (23 of 40) of his field goal attempts, and 78.6 percent (11 of 14) 3-pointers. The second-year man out of Kentucky is now averaging 13.9 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in 57 games played this season.
From a fantasy basketball perspective, Knight’s impact is solely driven by his point production and more specifically by his ability to make perimeter shots.
In a 10-game stretch from January 29-February 13, he went just 6-for-33 (18.2 percent) from three-point range while scoring 10 points or less in seven of those contests. Prior to that, in the previous eight games, he averaged 15.4 points per game, including a 31-point game against the Orlando Magic on January 27.
That kind of streakiness is frustrating for fantasy owners, especially since scoring is his calling card, so Knight may be available in a lot of leagues right now.
But Knight has a decent chance to continue his recent momentum over the next few games. After Friday night’s game against the New Orleans Hornets, the Pistons take on the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, who he scored 24 points against on February 8. After that, a matchup with the New York Knicks will come next Wednesday, and Knight had 21 points against them back on November 25.
His performance on Wednesday night puts Knight on the fantasy radar, but adding him is strictly for owners that need a scoring boost, and don’t need a significant contribution in other categories.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.