With Shaun Livingston injured and Sam Cassell old, the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday took steps to add depth to the team’s backcourt with the signing of free agent guard Brevin Knight. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
A ten-year NBA veteran, Knight averaged 9.1 points, 6.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 45 games played for the Charlotte Bobcats last season. Knight started his NBA career with Cleveland in 1997-98 and has also played for Atlanta, Memphis, Phoenix, Washington and Miami. In 581 career NBA games, Knight has averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
In making the announcement Clippers’ Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor said: “Brevin is one of the better defensive point guards in the league. He’s also a gifted floor leader with a great assist-to-turnover ratio. We like that he is good at running the offense and that he always looks to get his teammates involved.”
A 5-10, 170 pound point guard, Knight was ranked eighth in the NBA last season with a 3.12 assists per turnover ratio. Knight averaged a career high 12.6 points and 34.1 minutes in 2005-06, the same year he ranked second in the NBA in steals (157). A member of the 1997-98 All-Rookie First Team while he was with the Cavaliers, Knight tied the NBA’s single-game high with eight steals against Orlando on March 24, 2005 while with the Bobcats.
The 16th overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft by Cleveland, Knight enjoyed a successful career at Stanford University that saw him finish his collegiate career with averages of 14.9 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 11 games. Knight was named to the Sporting News All-America First Team in 1997 and was the Naismith Award winner the same year.
Knight has reached the playoffs twice in his career, averaging 4.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in his postseason appearances with Cleveland (1998) and Milwaukee (2004).