..........Brandon Knight? Am I getting ahead of myself? Probably, but with how bad the Pistons have been the last couple years, I haven't had much to be happy about lately so I'm going to live in the moment with this one. Calipari has been a point guard guru and has produced some of the best young point guards in the NBA right now (looks even better with Derrick Rose winning the MVP this past season and leading his Bulls to a #1 seed). They all left their freshman year after just one year under Coach Calipari and Knight has done the same after just one season with the Wildcats. Everyone expected Knight to go in the Top 5 picks but somehow by sheer luck he dropped all the way to the Pistons at the 8th.
While Knight did struggle in the beginning of the NCAA season, Calipari's coaching of him started to pay off as the season went on as he got better and better. He started making better decisions with the ball, was able to run the pick n roll well, was hitting shots off the dribble or off the ball, and got Kentucky into the tourney after leading them to an SEC title. No one was expecting them to do a whole lot, but Knight ended up leading them all the way to the Final Four. They went on to lose BY ONE POINT to the eventual NCAA national champs in UConn. Even as just a freshman Knight was already progressing fast and showing his potential to be another star PG from the Calipari tree.
So will Knight follow in the footsteps of Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and John Wall? Will he prove why so many teams passed up on him? Or will he just be a solid player but nothing to the levels of Rose, Evans, or Wall? For the Pistons sake, I hope he's the next Calipari star PG as we could use it right now. I can't wait to see him running pick n rolls with Greg Monroe as that should cause nightmares for opposing teams (might be the only thing that they can do against opponents but at least it's something!). I did like what I heard from him in interview after he was picked; he said he modeled his game after Chauncey Billups and they things he wants to bring to the Pistons is shooting, defense, and wins.
The Pistons might finally be headed back to the playoffs soon as it's been a hard past couple years. They've finally got their ownership issues solved, and will soon be getting a new head coach (hopefully one that stays more than a year or two this time). Things are looking up in Motown with the Blue Knight (yes, a cheesy Dark Knight reference)!