Brandon Knight sets Pistsons Rookie 3-Point Record


Back in the 1993-1994 season, rookie Lindsey Hunter made 69 three-pointers in 82 games, setting the old Pistons rookie 3-point record. It took Brandon Knight only 47 games to break that record, making his 70th three-pointer of the season in last nights Pistons loss to the Heat.

Brandon has never been shy about launching 3-pointers, not at Kentucky and not in the NBA. While Knight struggled to make his three-pointers early in the season, his ward work adjusting from the collegiate three-point line, which is 20 feet, and 9 inches, to the much farther NBA three-point line, which is 23 feet, 9 inches at the top of the key, is finally paying off.

“It took some time,” Knight said. “You guys didn’t see the summer work, me struggling to shoot that shot. But coming from college, it was definitely an adjustment period where you feel like you’re straining a little bit, because you don’t have to shoot that far in college or high school. You’ve never had to shoot that far in your entire life.

“When you have to step back a couple of feet, it’s a little bit different. It just took a little bit of time and it feels a lot more comfortable now.”

Knight was asked after the game how he felt about breaking the record, but said it was the first time he had been made aware of it.

“It’s not a big deal to me,”he said. “A lot of that just comes from my teammates finding me when I’m open and just having confidence in me to knock down those open shots. So a lot of that just comes from me not shooting the ball, necessarily, but my teammates creating for me.”

Former Davidson standout and current Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry holds the NBA record for 3-pointers made by a rookie, with 166 in the 2009-2010 season.

If you want to make lots of 3-pointers in the NBA one day, I suggest you watch this video where Knight breaks down the secrets to successful spot-up shooting.


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