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Brandon Knight | Guard | #11

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (8) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Knight struggled in 26 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, chipping in seven points (1-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five assists and one rebound.
Earl Watson has been touting Knight as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate and fantasy owners shouldn't read into tonight's dud. Inefficiency is common for Knight, a career 41.6 percent shooter, but he should have plenty of offensive explosions with a high usage rate leading the second unit. Oct 27 - 12:52 AM

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Brandon Knight played 27 minutes on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

This was a dress rehearsal for the Suns, so the 27 minutes seem like a fair expectation for Knight. Coach Earl Watson looks like he wants to get Leandro Barbosa in the mix and gave him 16 minutes tonight, so that would eliminate a three-guard rotation. While Knight's value should still be solid in the second unit, his upside is capped. That said, he makes sense in the 75-100 window of a standard draft.
Oct 22 - 1:05 AM

Brandon Knight (knee) returned to action and made his first start of the preseason on Friday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

Devin Booker (ankle) did not play in this game and coach Earl Watson decided to go back to his old backcourt starters from last year. Knight is going to come off the bench this year, which isn't a bad thing for a guy who can score and dish to his young teammates. Knight is still a decent target in the later middle rounds.
Oct 15 - 12:46 AM

Brandon Knight (knee) will play against the Mavs on Friday.

His left knee tendinitis is not a concern and he should be good to go. Knight will come off the bench and should have a big-time usage rate and good assist numbers.
Oct 14 - 9:34 PM

Brandon Knight (knee) is questionable to play against the Mavs on Friday.

He missed Wednesday due to some left knee tendinitis. Knight hasn't had any noteworthy knee issues since 2013 and that was to his right knee. The fact that he's questionable for a preseason game is strong enough evidence that this isn't serious.
Oct 14 - 5:14 PM

Brandon Knight won't play on Wednesday due to left knee tendinitis.

The Suns' sixth-man doesn't have a history of left knee injuries, so presumably his absence is a mere precaution. Guys like Tyler Ulis, Archie Goodwin and Leandro Barbosa will need to shoulder a bigger load in Knight's absence. Consider him questionable to return vs. Dallas on Friday.
Oct 12 - 8:15 PM

Brandon Knight (sports hernia) sparked the second unit on Wednesday with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in just 25 minutes.

He will serve as the Suns' sixth-man this season, and Earl Watson has gone overboard in praising Knight's potential in that role. He should still see 30+ minutes per game and his usage rate will likely rise as the unquestioned leader of the second-unit, so this isn't the worst thing for his fantasy value. Still, shaky percentages and a lack of versatility make him more of a mid-round target.
Oct 6 - 12:50 AM

Earl Watson said that Brandon Knight could be "the best sixth man to ever play."

"Brandon is going to be pretty special for us," said Watson. "Brandon could be one of the best sixth man to ever play, especially in this NBA era." Watson also said that Knight will be the Suns' "most important player" because he's "giving up the most" while also being one of the more impactful guys on the roster. A sixth man role isn't necessarily a bad thing for Knight's fantasy value, as he'll have more opportunity to run the offense in the second unit, so he makes sense as a mid-round target.
Oct 5 - 10:08 AM

Coach Earl Watson said Brandon Knight "took it like a pro" when he was told he'd come off the bench.

"He understands the opportunity we have to be special," Watson said. The Suns had to break up their old three-guard rotation of Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe two seasons ago, but now they're back to that predicament. The Suns are talking about Knight as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, so it sounds like this will stick. He can play both guard spots and would have a higher usage rate in the second unit, as well. He's more of a mid-round pick in standard leagues.
Oct 3 - 2:59 PM

The Suns' offense will rely less on Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe initiating action at the top of the key this season, according to GM Ryan McDonough.

"I think you’ll see more of the ball with wing entry, corner entries," said McDonough. "A lot of play off the elbows with the movement off the ball, dribble handoffs, interchanges and things like that." The Suns' veteran guards have spoken about the need to "sacrifice" this season, presumably because of Devin Booker's ascendancy, and fantasy owners should pay close attention to the backcourt rotation this preseason.
Sep 28 - 10:52 PM

Ryan McDonough said that Brandon Knight has looked "really close" to being 100 percent healthy during recent workouts.

"Last year, he settled a lot for [jump shots] and things like that," said McDonough, "just because he didn’t feel like he had the burst to get to the paint, get to the free-throw line, absorb contact, bounce back up without potentially aggravating an injury." Knight's first 1.5 seasons in Phoenix have been ravaged by injuries, and while he's going to be coming into the 2016-17 season healthy, some questions remain about his fit alongside Eric Bledsoe and where he figures to be in the rotation with the emergence of Devin Booker. He's a risky mid-round target.
Sep 27 - 6:09 PM

The Phoenix Suns are open to moving either Brandon Knight or Eric Bledsoe, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The emergence of Devin Booker will make for a crowded Suns backcourt, so it makes a lot of sense for Phoenix to explore a trade for Knight or Bledsoe. A trade of either veteran would give a fantasy value boost both Booker and the one of the two guards who isn't traded, but we may not see a deal come to fruition until closer to the draft (if at all).
Jun 23 - 11:23 AM

Brandon Knight (hernia) said that he will be prepared to play both on and off the ball next season.

"I’m going to be good whether on the ball or off the ball. I just know I’m going to be a better player next year. I’m prepared and ready for that," Knight said. "Once I’m healthy, I’m excited about what I’ll be able to do individually and what our team will be able to do as well." The Suns will have a crowded backcourt next season due to Devin Booker's emergence and the return of Eric Bledsoe from knee surgery, but for now Knight is still a target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind a volatile FG percentage and high turnover rate.
Apr 29 - 1:05 PM

Brandon Knight said he sees his role being the same next season.

"We’ll see what happens next year as far as a role, but I see my role being exactly the same," Knight said. This is interesting because the lineup info suggests Knight might be better suited as a sixth man a la Jamal Crawford. Knight should be viewed as a mid-round target in fantasy drafts.
Apr 14 - 10:52 PM

Brandon Knight (sports hernia) underwent surgery on Thursday.

He was already ruled out for the season, but the good news is that this procedure will allow him to return to the court in time for his normal offseason training schedule. Knight finishes the season with averages of 19.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 boards, 1.2 steals, 2.3 3-pointers and 3.4 turnovers in 52 appearances.
Apr 8 - 2:20 PM