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Scout’s Comparison: Jrue Holiday/Jason Terry
Reasons to Howl: What aren’t there? Once you’re done reading this, you’re going to see why losing the lottery might not be all that bad. Brandon Knight could very well be the missing link when everything is all said and done. Allow me to paint a vivid picture: Kahn gets Rubio to sign and ships Flynn out for whatever he can get. That still leaves a void at the 2-guard where Wes is clearly not comfortable playing. We lose the lottery, pick 3rd or 4th and end up with Knight. You may be thinking this is quickly becoming the fiasco that forced fans to bury their heads in dirt back in 2009 but this is different. Knight is a 6’3 point guard that has the ability to play off the ball thanks to his outside shooting (Here’s where the Terry comparison kicks in). He seems like the ultimate combo-guard to come off the bench that can either A) Run the offense if need be; or B) Spark the offense by playing the 2 and hawking the perimeter. We’ve seen from two very strong playoff teams, still on runs I might add, where they’re sixth man is an offensive-minded combo-guard with an exceptional shooting stroke. What’s so wrong in saying that, a few years down the line, Knight could prove to be a very similar type of player?
Knight is very fast and also possesses the ability to slash into the lane and either convert on an attempt at the rim or draw a foul. Or both! He’s a high motor type of player and plays like it on both ends. Did you know in high school he drew two charges a game? He’s got the i.q., intangibles on both offense and defense and the motor to become a veteran-type leader in the NBA someday given the right situation.
Reasons to Worry: The only true reason to worry about Knight is his consistency. He was ranked #1 amongst point guards going into college and #3 overall. But he struggled at Kentucky early on and never quite established the groove many witnessed in high school. It wasn’t until the SEC Tournament when Knight’s buzz began flourishing. Though, after the NCAA Tournament, many critics were hushed.
Benefits to the Wolves: I already touched on this but I feel as though Knight could very well turn into a catalyst off the bench for the Wolves. Whether it’s running the point behind Ridnour/Rubio or subbing in for the hot-and-cold shooting of Wes Johnson, Knight could come in and be that spark that turns those opposing runs into streaks for our side. As he ages, Knight, as calm and cool-headed as he is, will learn the game much better and one day become that sixth man do-it-all threat off the bench for a championship squad, very similar to what Jason Terry and Jamal Crawford have done this season for their respective teams.
The Howlin’ Verdict: Behind Irving, Knight ought to be second on the Wolves’ draft board. And although Tom did great of trying to convince me to hop aboard the Kemba-express, I’m gonna stay put and bet on Knight. He may never be an All-Star but he will be helpful to any team looking for a role help. Hell, the Wolves are looking for any help they can get at this point. He’s a must-have, in my opinion.