The Detroit Pistons were an unmitigated disaster at times during the 2012-2013 season, and their point guard, Brandon Knight, took a considerable amount of blame for it. As a result, he’s in a different uniform this season (that of the Milwaukee Bucks), and he’s taken at least one shot at his former employer.
In a published report from Gary Woelfel of RacineSportsZone.com, Knight essentially equates his low assist total from Detroit to a lack of talent around him.
“I’m not trying to blame anybody, but the team we had … It was a tough situation.”
Well, that doesn’t directly place blame on the Pistons, but it certainly indicates some skepticism on Knight’s part.
“When you have shooters, it’s easy to get assists because they’re going to knock down open shots. We had, maybe, one knock-down shooter.”
Now we’re getting into direct finger-pointing!
“And I didn’t have any bigs who could stop and pop. The only one we had was Charlie Villanueva and he didn’t play much. And, when he did play, he was with the second unit so I wasn’t playing much with him.”
I would expect much to be made of these comments from Knight (who averaged a less-than-stellar 4.0 assists per game last season), especially when he returns to Detroit for the first time this season. Knight’s inability to generate assists surely had something to do with the lack of talent around him in Detroit, but I feel confident in stating that his profile as a shoot-first combo guard has much more to do with it than his “supporting” cast.
Keep an eye on Knight’s assist total this year in Milwaukee, and with a gun to my head, I’d expect it to be very much in the same range for 2013-2014.