Brandon Knight Climbing Back Up Rookie Ladder

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After falling in NBA.com’s Rookie Ladder for 3 straight weeks, Brandon Knight has moved up 3 spots to the No. 6 position in the latest release of the rankings. While some sites who rank the rookies don’t even include Knight (shame on you Grantland.com), NBA.com gets it.

Knight makes a little climb this week, and he would’ve climbed even higher if it weren’t for a 3-for-14 shooting night in which he missed all seven 3-pointers he shot in an 87-83 loss at the Clippers. Knight finished with six points, which followed four straight double-digit scoring games. Most impressive in that span was a 10-point and career-high 11-assist night in a 124-112 win in Sacramento. With Knight you can see the potential, but Pistons fans must becoming frustrated with the lack of consistency.

While I hate to admit it, I do think they have a point with the lack of consistency. Even at Kentucky Knight would have bad shooting games, but he was always ready to nail the big shot by the end of the game. In last years first round second round game against Princeton, Knight missed his first seven shots and was held scoreless for the first 39 minutes and 58 seconds of the game. His only made basket was the driving layup with 2 seconds left to lift Kentucky to the victory, 59-57. As soon as Knight develops that consistency, he’s going to be a special player.

Knight has played in 46 games this season (40 starts) and is currently averaging 12.5ppg, 3.7apg and 3.2rpg.

Former Duke Blue Devil Kyrie Irving is No. 1 on the rookie ladder, followed by former Washington Huskie Isaiah Thomas at No. 2, Morehead State and Louisville killer Kenneth Faried at No. 3, Klay Thompson (Washington State) at No. 4, and Derrick Williams (Arizona) at No. 5. If you want to check out the full rankings click here.

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