The Milwaukee Bucks‘ 2013-14 season has experienced a lot of depressing problems. The team has faced injuries, decreased production and even a lack of energy at times. One bright spot has come from point-guard Brandon Knight, who is making the most of his time running the team even if it’s a team destined to finish dead last in the NBA.
A lot of fans got off on the wrong foot with Knight due to his rough start in November; it’s true that first impressions are everything, and it’s taken months for Knight to climb out that hole thanks to a sluggish start. Knight has also had to deal with multiple Bucks injuries and inconsistent lineups, a tough challenge for a player expected to consistently distribute the ball to his teammates. This is especially true of the two-guard position where O.J. Mayo, Luke Ridnour, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters have all spent time as Knight’s backcourt running mate.
Since November, Knight has continued to improve his game. He is now averaging 21.8 points and 6.7 assists per game in February, increasing his per 36 minute point average from last year by 3.5 points. Logic would say that it’s Coach Larry Drew’s point-guard system that Knight has embraced while others may point to the Detroit Pistons‘ lack of commitment to Knight as a point-guard last season. Whatever it is, Knight is starting to look like a potential point-guard of the future for the Bucks. At the very least he deserves a shot at the role once there’s a consistent starting lineup and this awful season has finished.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant.