Brandon Knight wasn't with the Milwaukee Bucks for long, just over a season and a half, but he was a memorable player during his time in the 414.
While most people remember him for being what was initially the main piece in the trade that brought Khris Middleton to Milwaukee or the missed game-winner against the Brooklyn Nets, Knight was also an excellent scorer and quality passer on those young Bucks teams.
Former NBA guard and lottery pick Elfrid Payton gave Knight his flowers during a recent appearance on a podcast episode. When asked who was the first player to bust his butt - we will say to keep it family-friendly - Payton said it was Knight. (via: Run Your Race/@tidealleague)
"Not gonna lie. B. Knight, when he was in Milwaukee, should've been an All-Star that year. It was crazy. My homie was like, when B. Knight was in college, 'Man, that dude is nice.' I was like, 'What he see? He good, but what he see?' And then I saw it up close in person. He was boogying. He really should've been an All-Star that year."
Former NBA player gives former Bucks guard Brandon Knight his well-deserved flowers
Payton was a rookie in 2014-15, which was Knight's second season in Milwaukee. In 52 games with the Bucks before being traded to the Phoenix Suns, Knight averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. Those are undeniably eye-catching numbers from the guard, who was Milwaukee's leading scorer that season.
The Bucks and Magic faced off twice before Knight was traded that season.
In a November 14 loss, Knight had 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists. (This box score is crazy. Khris Middleton was a DNP-CD, and Giannis Antetokounmpo was coming off the bench. How times have changed) In a January 29 win, Knight had another quality game with 16 points, nine assists, five rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot.
Payton was a starter for Orlando in both of those matchups and undoubtedly got an in-person look at just how good Brandon Knight really was.
Knight faced stiff competition in terms of All-Star recognition that season, as the East guards were John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Jeff Teague, Kyrie Irving, and Kyle Korver. While he undeniably had a case, Knight just couldn't make the cut.
Even though he was never a superstar or even an All-Star, Knight was an underrated piece during his 124 games with Milwaukee, and even if fans do not recognize it, those who played against him do.
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