Last offseason, Larry Sanders was given an extension and made, by default, the face of the Milwaukee Bucks. To say Sanders wasn’t up for this title (at least not yet) is an understatement. The man got injured in a bar fight — enough said. The team needed someone to step up. We’ve already discussed Brandon Knight as Bucks’ most improved, but look around and you will see he is also their MVP for this season.
For some it would be considered a back-handed compliment to be the best on the worst, but Knight has exceeded expectations from a skeptical fanbase. He is now approaching 18 points per game as well as career-highs in assists, steals and rebounds. It appears Detroit Pistons gave up too early on Knight, and general manager John Hammond pulled off a steal when he dealt Brandon Jennings for him.
In addition to the stats, Knight has become a floor general and leader of the young Bucks. The team is in a transition, moving from annual No. 8 seed playoff contender to full on rebuild mode. The team is inexperienced and will need someone to take charge on the court, leading by example.
The best part of Knight’s success is of course team’s future. At only 22 years of age, Knight will improve even more. The Bucks don’t have to focus on finding a point guard, which is one area they appear set on for at least a couple years.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant