2013 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Should Draft Guard To Motivate Brandon Knight

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 8 draft pick taken by the Detroit Pistons in the upcoming NBA draft could very well be a guard. Some might wonder the wisdom of that, considering one of the franchise’s key players is Brandon Knight, who has been showing plenty of promise over the past two seasons.

But, Knight has also shown signs of being complacent a times. He’s the type of player who needs to be constantly motivated in order to do his job effectively. The Pistons aren’t overloaded at the guard position, especially if veteran Will Bynum goes the free agent route. So, picking an excellent guard would be good for many reasons.

Still, Knight’s the key man at guard position. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his second season with Detroit. He averaged 31.5 minutes per game, and started all 75 games which he was healthy enough to play.

His shooting, which was at 40.7 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent from the free-throw line, could stand improvement. He ended the season’s last two games with 8-of-30 shooting from the floor, which didn’t exactly excite Piston fans looking to the future. Knight should have been putting up some good numbers to close out the season.

For the Pistons to make the playoffs, steady play from the guard spot is critical. It’s an aspect of Detroit’s attack that was soft in many games last season. That’s why the team wouldn’t be wrong to bring in an excellent guard to motivate Knight to be more effective every day on the court.

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