All of this will be decided with the understanding that Brandon Knight, in his third season coming up with the Pistons, can be relied upon to have a consistent and highly productive season.
Knight is among the key players the Pistons will be looking at to pave the way to getting the franchise back in the playoffs in the future. But Knight has to plan on having a strong offseason. He’s still not quite at the stage that the Pistons can rely on him all the time, but Knight did play like a future Hall of Famer at times last season.
At other times, he looked like a player going nowhere in this league.
Many are saying that with Knight, the Pistons are set at guard and shouldn’t draft one. Others are saying the opposite, and that Knight isn’t that reliable and needs someone to push him as a guard. He needs to know that if he doesn’t deliver he’ll see more time on the bench than on the floor.
The problem when a younger player like Knight isn’t pushed is that the motivation isn’t there to to play 100 percent all the time. It’s tough in an 82-game schedule to be 100 percent motivated 100 percent of the time.
But Knight has no choice. The Pistons need him to be on top of his game at all times. If he’s not, they’ll be in serious trouble.