For the first time in years, the Milwaukee Bucks do not know who will start at point guard, which most fans would say is a good thing. The Bucks will have veteran Luke Ridnour and Brandon Knight competing for a starting job after the organization traded Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons. Even though both players are certainly capable of handling the role, who should start once the 2013-14 NBA season begins?
At just 21 years old and loaded with potential, there is no question Knight is the point guard of the future for Milwaukee. Whether he starts right out of the gate will certainly be determined in the near future. It would not be bad for him to sit behind Ridnour, who has plenty of experience playing the position at a high level. On the other hand, if the Bucks believe he can hang with the starters then there is no reason to keep him in a secondary role.
As of right now, Ridnour is No. 1 on Milwaukee’s unofficial depth chart. However, I personally would like to see him come off the bench. I feel that his veteran presence could do a lot for the second unit, while his skill level would dominate most opposing backup point guards. He did a terrific job as a backup to Jennings during the 2009-10 season. In fact, he shot a career-high 47.8 percent from the field in 82 games that year.
Knight certainly has a lot to learn before he can become an elite point guard. With that being said, his above-average offensive game and outstanding defense would allow him to excel in a starting role. The fact is Knight gives Milwaukee more of an offensive edge than Ridnour, which is something they need in the starting lineup. Not to mention, his defensive skills will allow Larry Sanders, who already is an exceptional defensive center, to step up his game.
The Bucks really cannot go wrong with either player. The fact of the matter is they are in a far better position than they were a season ago, which has to be exciting for everyone involved.