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Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight.jpeg
Knight with the Suns.
Free agent
Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard
Personal information
Full name: Brandon Emmanuel Knight
Born: December 2, 1991 (1991-12-02) (age 30)
Margate, Florida
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2011 for the Detroit Pistons
Career information
High school: Pine Crest
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
College: Kentucky (2010–2011)
NBA Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career: 2011–present (11 years)
Career history
20112013 Detroit Pistons
20132015 Milwaukee Bucks
20152018 Phoenix Suns
2018-2019 Houston Rockets
2018 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2019-2020 Cleveland Cavaliers
2020 Detroit Pistons
2021-2022 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2021-2022 Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards


Brandon Emmanuel Knight (born December 2, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks. A two-time Gatorade National Player of the Year, Knight played one season of college basketball for Kentucky before being selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 2011 NBA Draft. After two seasons with the Pistons, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. He spent a season and a half in Milwaukee before being traded to the Phoenix Suns in February 2015. In August 2018, he was traded to the Houston Rockets. At the 2019 trade deadline, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded back to the Pistons at the 2020 trade deadline.

High school career

Born in Miami, Florida, Knight attended Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A student-athlete at Pine Crest, Knight held a 4.3 grade-point average. As a junior in 2008–09, he averaged 31.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.2 steals. As a senior in 2009–10, he averaged 32.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was subsequently named Gatorade National Player of the Year both years, in addition to earning Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year in 2010. He led Pine Crest to four state title games, winning state championships in 2008 and 2009. He was also a four-time class 3A-1A Basketball Player of the Year (as named by the Miami Herald) and a two-time Florida Mr. Basketball. His 3,515 career points ranks second on the Florida high school basketball scoring list.

Following his senior season, Knight participated in the McDonald's All-American Game, Nike Hoop Summit, and Jordan Brand Classic. In the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game, he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the West a 107–104 win.

Ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect of 2010 by Rivals.com, Knight made a verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky in April 2010. Knight did not sign a binding national letter of intent with Kentucky. He kept his options open by signing a financial-aid agreement, which indicated his intention to play for Kentucky, but left him free to go elsewhere amid speculation about coach John Calipari going to the NBA.

College career

Knight averaged 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 38 games as a freshman for the Kentucky Wildcats. He shot 42% from the field, 38% from three-point range and 80% from the free-throw line on the season. He set Kentucky freshman records in points scored (657), 3-pointers made (87) and most 20-point games in a season (14). He also led the team in SEC play with 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 16 games to earn First-Team All-SEC honors by the coaches, Second-Team All-SEC by the media and an SEC All-Freshman team selection. Knight scored a career-high 30 points against West Virginia in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He then recorded 22 points, seven rebounds, and four assists against North Carolina in the Elite Eight and was named the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

In April 2011, Knight declared for the NBA Draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.

Professional career

Detroit Pistons (2011–2013)

Knight with the Pistons in February 2013.

Knight was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In May 2012, he earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors, becoming the first Pistons' rookie since Grant Hill (1994–95) to be named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Knight's 847 points were the second-most by a Pistons' rookie since the 1985–86 season and his 12.8 points per game was the fourth highest average by a Pistons' rookie since the 1980–81 season.

Knight appeared in 141 games (135 starts) in two seasons with Detroit, averaging 13.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists while shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. He scored in double figures 92 times with the Pistons, including three 30-point outings.

Milwaukee Bucks (2013–2015)

On July 31, 2013, Knight was traded, along with Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Brandon Jennings. Knight's first season with Milwaukee was hit early with a hamstring injury in the season opener on October 30, limiting him to two minutes that night and forcing him to miss eight of the next 10 games. On December 20, 2013, Knight scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and recorded 8 assists in a 114–111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On December 31, Knight scored a career-high 37 points in a 94–79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He enjoyed the most productive season in his three years as a pro, becoming only the second player in the franchise's 46-year history to lead the team in scoring (1,291 points) and assists (352) during his first season with the team.

On November 19, 2014, Knight infamously missed a wide-open layup for the win in OT against the Brooklyn Nets. Although, Milwaukee still won the game 122–118. On January 15, 2015, Knight scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, recorded 6 assists, and recorded a career-high 6 steals in a blowout win versus the New York Knicks. The 2014–15 season saw Knight enter the All-Star break as the team's leader in scoring and assists. In 52 games at the All-Star break, he averaged 17.8 points, a career-high 5.4 assists, career-high 4.3 rebounds, and career-high 1.6 steals, while shooting career highs of 43.5 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three-point range.

Phoenix Suns (2015–2018)

Knight guarded by Dorian Finney-Smith while with the Suns in January 2017

On February 19, 2015, Knight was traded, along with Kendall Marshall, to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade also involving the Philadelphia 76ers. He missed time in March with a left ankle injury, before missing the conclusion of the season with a left heel bone bruise that required surgery.

On July 17, 2015, Knight re-signed with the Suns to a five-year, $70 million contract. On November 12, he tied his career high with 37 points in a 118–104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Four days later, Knight recorded his first career triple-double posting 30 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 15 assists in a 120–101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Knight became just the fourth player since steals became an official stat in the 1973–74 season to record a triple-double with a line of at least 30 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds, and four steals, joining Pete Maravich, Magic Johnson, and Russell Westbrook, as well as the second player behind Magic Johnson to record such a line at 23 years old or younger. On November 20, Knight set a new career high with 38 points in a 114–107 victory over the Denver Nuggets. On December 13, he scored 25 points and hit a career-high seven 3-pointers in a 108–101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Knight missed time between late January and early March with a left adductor strain. On March 12, he scored 30 points and hit a career high-tying seven 3-pointers in a 123–116 loss to the Golden State Warriors. On March 28, he again scored 30 points and tied a career high with seven 3-pointers in a 121–116 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, recording his fifth 30-point game of the season. On April 3, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with the same left adductor strain that kept him out for seven weeks earlier in the season. Five days later, he underwent successful surgery to treat the sports hernia.

The 2016–17 season saw Knight come off the bench during the first half of the season before being shut down despite being healthy over the second half of the season. He went on to miss the entire 2017–18 season after sustaining a torn ACL in his left knee in July 2017 that required surgery.

Houston Rockets (2018–2019)

On August 31, 2018, Knight was traded, alongside Marquese Chriss, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton. Despite looking to rehabilitate his career in 2018–19, Knight was ruled out indefinitely prior to the season after his surgery got infected during the offseason. On November 30, he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League on a rehab assignment. He played for the Vipers that night, recording 16 points and five assists in 22 minutes against the Salt Lake City Stars, before being recalled by the Rockets on December 1. On December 13, he made his debut for the Rockets, recording one assist and one rebound in four minutes in a 126–111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, marking his first game since February 15, 2017. He played 12 games for the Rockets, with his final appearance coming on January 11 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was sidelined in January due to left knee soreness.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2019–2020)

Knight with the Cavs in 2019.

On February 7, 2019, Knight was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade involving the Rockets and the Sacramento Kings. He made his debut for the Cavaliers two days later, scoring nine points in just under 12 minutes off the bench in a 105–90 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Return to Detroit (2020)

On February 6, 2020, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Knight and John Henson, along with a 2023 second round draft pick, to the Detroit Pistons for Andre Drummond.

Dallas Mavericks / Sioux Falls Skyforce (2021–2022)

In March 2021, Knight worked out with the Milwaukee Bucks, his former team from the peak of his professional career. Ultimately, the Bucks did not sign him. On August 3, 2021, Knight joined Brooklyn Nets for the 2021 NBA Summer League. On October 16, he signed with the New York Knicks, but was waived the same day.

On October 23, 2021, Knight was selected by the Sioux Falls Skyforce sixth overall in the 2021 NBA G League draft. In 11 games, he averaged 21.3 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in 38.0 minutes, while making 3.2 three-pointers per game at a 35.7% rate.

On December 23, 2021, Knight signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks and on January 14, 2022, he was reacquired by Sioux Falls after the 10-day deal expired. On March 29, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Mavericks.

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011-12 Detroit 66* 60 32.3 .415 .380 .759 3.2 3.8 .7 .2 12.8
2012-13 Detroit 75 75 31.5 .407 .367 .733 3.3 4.0 .8 .1 13.3
2013-14 Milwaukee 72 69 33.3 .422 .325 .802 3.5 4.9 1.0 .2 17.9
2014-15 Milwaukee 52 52 32.5 .435 .409 .881 4.3 5.4 1.6 .2 17.8
Phoenix 11 9 31.5 .357 .313 .828 2.1 4.5 .5 .1 13.4
2015-16 Phoenix 52 50 36.0 .415 .342 .852 3.9 5.1 1.2 .4 19.6
2016-17 Phoenix 54 5 21.1 .398 .324 .857 2.2 2.4 .5 .1 11.0
2018-19 Houston 12 0 9.8 .234 .156 .818 .8 .8 .2 .0 3.0
Cleveland 27 26 22.9 .413 .371 .783 1.9 2.3 .7 .1 8.5
2019-20 Cleveland 16 0 15.1 .326 .297 .308 1.3 1.9 .3 .1 4.9
Detroit 9 3 24.6 .383 .238 .762 2.3 4.2 .6 .1 11.6
2021-22 Dallas 5 0 13.0 .400 .235 1.000 1.6 1.6 .2 .0 6.4
Career 451 349 29.3 .411 .352 .807 3.1 3.9 .9 .2 14.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Kentucky 38 38 35.9 .423 .377 .795 4.0 4.2 .7 .2 17.3

Personal life

Knight is the son of Efrem and Tonya Knight.

Knight is a Christian.

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