A healthy Brandon Knight would mean a happier Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, but Knight’s struggles with the Bucks don’t rate as the only reason the team is struggling at 3-15. If he can get healthy, stay healthy and play like the Brandon Knight the Bucks thought they were getting in an NBA trade that included sending Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons, however, then the bucks might be able to salvage something out of what now appears to be at a certain disastrous season.
Knight’s old team came to Milwaukee and handed the Bucks a 105-98 loss. Knight was able to play for slightly less than 20 minutes and hit 4-of-11 shots from the floor for 12 points with three assists. His hamstring issues have limited him to only nine games with 23.2 minutes, 9. 1 points, 4.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 35.5 percent from the floor. That’s well below his career averages of 31.4 minutes, 12.9 points and 3.2 rebounds a game, plus a 40.8 shooting percentage. His assists per game average so far this season of 4.3 are a little higher than his career mark.
Once Knight can put the injury issues behind him he’s likely to flourish and so will the Bucks, although they’ve got other problems to solve more serious than Knight’s situation. But the Bucks gave up an outstanding player in Jennings. They also got Khris Middleton from the Pistons in that trade, and he’s playing well. But Knight needs to start making that trade look better for the Bucks before a long season gets even longer.