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    Default If Knight is on the board at #5 the Raptors will likely take him.

    NBA execs seem to be leaning toward Brandon Knight over Kemba Walker when asked which point guard they prefer. I spoke to dozens of scouts and executives over the weekend and the majority of them had Knight ranked slightly higher because of his size, shooting ability and upside. Neither player worked out in the drills on Thursday or Friday. NBA teams liked Walker's personality in interviews. "He's charismatic," one GM said. "I think he could emerge as a leader in the locker room." Walker measured a little bigger than expected (6-1 in shoes) which should help his stock, too.

    Teams said Knight was considerably more reserved than Walker, but they came away impressed with his maturity. The Jazz should be the first team on the board to give them a look. The Raptors, Kings and Bobcats are also in the mix. If the Jazz pick a point guard, I think Knight is slightly ahead on their board. Sources said if Knight slips to No. 5, the Raptors are likely to snag him there and there's no way he slides past the Kings at No. 7, I'm told. Walker's stock is still a bit more fluid. He'll get a look at Utah, Toronto and Sacramento, but I'm told none of those teams are all the way on board with him yet.
    Source: HoopsWorld.com

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    Yet Hoopsworld has Brandon Knight going 9th in their most recent mock draft.
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    I should have mentioned after the quote that this is coming from Chad Ford's Insider column. I'm not an insider so I grabbed the reference from HW news wire.

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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    Yet Hoopsworld has Brandon Knight going 9th in their most recent mock draft.
    Seems they have moved him up to #6 (Walker is 5 & Kanter is 12!!)


    http://www.hoopsworld.com/the_draft/index.asp

    Correction: I was referring to their top 25 players
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    Knight is a calm guy but when he get enthusiastic watch out

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    Seems they have moved him up to #6 (Walker is 5 & Kanter is 12!!)


    http://www.hoopsworld.com/the_draft/index.asp

    Correction: I was referring to their top 25 players
    Wow. Can't say I agree with their player rankings. Biyombo as the third best player? They liked his domination of the Hoops Summit but not Kanter's, the year before? And they have Nikola Mirotic at 7 when he's not even eligible.
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    Brandon knight please

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    Kemba or knight and i'm happy.

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    I love Knight, and can see he and DeMar being a lethal combo in the backcourt.

    It may be totally false, but the rumours being discussed about the Raps pursuing Rudy Gay - that changes my view of our #5 pick. Rudy brings the scoring that then turns our need to some rebounding and size as a priority (or a player like Kemba who may have a lower ceiling, but has a more predictable skillset and future in the NBA - could be a leader/distributor).

    If there is no Rudy deal, then I remain onboard for Knight as the top choice
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    if anything it makes me want knight more for his defensive prowess.
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    if anything it makes me want knight more for his defensive prowess.
    If the trade does happen, don't you think the Raptors need SOMEONE who can pass the ball? Knight hasn't shown much of an inclination for that.
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    He played for Calipari. His PG play doesn't involve creating.
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    I guarantee you 5 years from now he'll be the best PG of the class
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    He played for Calipari. His PG play doesn't involve creating.
    So how do you know he can do that? Both Derrick Rose and John Wall had VERY respectable assist numbers. It seems to me that this guy would be a great SG, but there is no evidence whatsoever, that I have seen, that he can be a PG. Maybe he can, but I'd like to see some before I draft him at 5.
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    I guarantee you 5 years from now he'll be the best PG of the class
    You think he's going to be better than Kyrie Irving? Really? What on earth makes you say that?
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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    You think he's going to be better than Kyrie Irving? Really? What on earth makes you say that?
    Dude hate for knight...a lot of PGS don't pass, if I remember bay less averaged 7 assists in the last 10 games of this season.....and wasn't he a sg in a pgs body....if u listened to his interview u know he's a smart kid and realizes he has to pass more....but he stated he still wanted to be aggressive....oh and btw rose is only averaging 7 assists too

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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    So how do you know he can do that? Both Derrick Rose and John Wall had VERY respectable assist numbers. It seems to me that this guy would be a great SG, but there is no evidence whatsoever, that I have seen, that he can be a PG. Maybe he can, but I'd like to see some before I draft him at 5.
    he averaged more assists than evans and just under wall. keep in mind the team wall had, though. wall played with the likes of cousins, patterson and bledsoe. knight played with the artist formally knowns as terrance jones.

    he also raised his assists, points and steals numbers in the tourney. i have no doubt in my mind he'll be a very good pg in the league.
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    Dude hate for knight...a lot of PGS don't pass, if I remember bay less averaged 7 assists in the last 10 games of this season.....and wasn't he a sg in a pgs body....if u listened to his interview u know he's a smart kid and realizes he has to pass more....but he stated he still wanted to be aggressive....oh and btw rose is only averaging 7 assists too
    I don't hate Knight. I just haven't seen any evidence that he can be a PG. And PGs are supposed to pass the ball. That's why they're on the floor, generally. Otherwise they would be called shooting guards.

    And being a PG is more than just racking up assists. Watch the good PGs and the offense runs better when they are on the floor. They don't always get the assist, but they know where to pass the ball for the offense to work. Calderon was pretty good at this. Bayless isn't. He gets most of his assists when he drives and dishes, but those 7 assists only make up 14-20 points (depending on whether it's a 3 or not). Teams need to score a lot more than that.

    And Rose knows how to run an offense and make his teammates better. And he averaged 7 assists over an entire season, which is good. Not ten games.
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    he averaged more assists than evans and just under wall. keep in mind the team wall had, though. wall played with the likes of cousins, patterson and bledsoe. knight played with the artist formally knowns as terrance jones.

    he also raised his assists, points and steals numbers in the tourney. i have no doubt in my mind he'll be a very good pg in the league.
    I don't think Evans is a PG, either, and he's shown he's crappy at running an offense. And Wall averaged 2 more assists per game. I wouldn't say that's slightly more. That's literally half of what Knight averaged.

    As I said, maybe Knight is a true PG who can run an offense, but I haven't seen any evidence of it, so far. The other thing that makes me wonder about Knight being a floor leader is that he's apparently very quiet and reserved, which isn't a good trait for a PG. You generally want your PG to be a leader on the floor.
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