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INDIANAPOLIS — Brandon Knight. It’s easy to forget who he is.
Top-10 recruit, McDonald’s All-American and college sensation at Kentucky. Not to mention an NBA player who at 22 years old averaged 17.9 points per game, and at 24 years old averaged nearly 20 points per game.
After initially being drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth overall pick and a few seasons later being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, he was out in Phoenix playing for some lousy Suns teams. Throw in the fact he tore his ACL and missed the entire season last year, and now you know why you haven’t heard about him in what feels like a lifetime.
Knight is now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, courtesy of last week’s trade involving the Houston Rockets. He made his Cavs debut in Saturday’s 105-90 loss at the Indiana Pacers. Knight finished with nine points on 3-of-3 shooting in 12 minutes. All of his shots were 3-pointers.
How does he think he can show he’s still who he was?
“Just by doing what I’m doing,” Knight told Amico Hoops. “That’s really it. Just by continuing to be myself and work my way back. There is no doubt in my mind that that’s who I’ll be when I’m healthy. It just takes time getting the reps in.”
Does he have doubts?
“I had a full year off, but I’m still the same player,” he said.
“I feel great. It’s a blessing, I thank God for that. Even though I’ve had some ups and downs health-wise, like I said I’m healthy now. I’m excited about what’s to come.”
He’s had the injury, but also had to be on the move a lot. Getting traded from the Suns to the Rockets and the Rockets to the Cavs. However, Knight is familiar with a lot of the guys in Cleveland.
“I’ve known Larry [Nance], of course me and Tristian [Thompson] were in the same draft, me and [Jordan Clarkson] have played against each other forever, me and John [Henson] were on the same team in Milwaukee,” he said. “A lot of guys here I know and have relationships with, so it made the transition a lot easier.”