I know we all want him to stop turning the ball over so much but for this to be only his 82nd game his numbers are in the same company as elite pgs of the nba.
MEMPHIS -- The next time you yell at the TV after a Brandon Knight turnover, remember that the team's 40-point victory Wednesday night over the Suns was just the 82nd game of Knight's career.
The NBA lockout robbed Knight of a full complement of games his rookie season. But at the 82-game benchmark, Knight compiled averages of 32 minutes, 42% shooting, 39.4% three-point shooting, 4.2 assists, 12.9 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Those definitely are numbers a team will take from a player who turns 21 on Sunday.
The numbers compare favorably to the first-year numbers of standout point guards like Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Mike Conley (Friday night's opponent) and Tony Parker.
It's not an exact comparison considering variables like situations and playing time, but Knight has started with a nice foundation for his career. Knight realizes this but admits to impatience.
"I'm the type of guy with the type of work that I put in, I want to see results right away, but, yeah, you got to remind yourself that it's just my first 82 games," Knight said Friday at the FedEx Forum before the Pistons lost to the Grizzlies, 90-78. He scored 10 points against one of the league's best teams.
"But for me, especially with this team, I'm like a veteran. That's what I try to think about it as. That's the type of game I want to play even though it's still early in my career."
COACH'S CORNER: Pistons coach Lawrence Frank was asked about Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's decision to send four of his main players home instead of letting them suit up against the Heat on Thursday night.
Frank avoided comment on Popovich's actions with NBA commissioner David Stern promising "substantial sanctions" -- the team was fined $250,000 Friday evening -- but he did note how the Spurs almost won at Miami without Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.
"It wasn't a situation where they were conceding the game; they were trying to win the game, and those guys felt they could and they should have won the game," Frank said.
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