Garbage Player Of The Night: Brandon Knight
I typically like to call out high profile players who have a lot expected of them, talk a big game and bring this kind of hate on themselves, or get paid astronomical amounts only to routinely cough up awful game after awful game. In this case, since Knight has found a starting spot on the struggling Pistons and likely recognizes the responsibility of a starter, I think it's fair to criticize his lackluster outing this evening.
A standout player at Kentucky, Brandon Knight exploded onto the college scene, leading the nation in scoring after his first 14 games as a Wildcat with 18.3 PPG on 47% shooting, as well as 40% from 3. Selected with the 8th overall pick by the Detroit, the Pistons front office hoped Knight might bring that same tenacity and seemingly effortless knack for scoring to a struggling Detroit back court.
While Knight has managed to put up quality numbers in his debut season (12.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.5 APG), tonight certainly left a lot to be desired. Knight posted 2 points on 1 of 9 shooting, attempted three 3 pt shots, handed out 2 assists, grabbed 1 rebound and snagged 1 steal in just over 30 minutes
as the Pistons were routed by the Washington Generals... I'm sorry, Wizards. Knight also had 3 turnovers
and 2 personal fouls.
Unfortunately, since Detroit fans have come to expect a surprisingly high level of play out of the rookie early on, a head scratcher of a performance like tonight's hurts Knight even more on the scrub scale. With that said, Knight surpasses 3 Puke Walton's and earns himself a dreaded Mark Madsen for his lousy play tonight.
Honorable Mention: Derek Fisher
Fisher's difficulties this season (or the last several seasons, rather) have been widely documented. He's one of quite a few offenders currently signed to the Lakers riding high and earning paychecks on back-in-the-day achievements and past laurels. Nevertheless, Fisher continues to find a home in LaLa Land, likely due entirely to his frosty in the clutch plays down the stretch, even as quick back courts league wide continue to breeze by him.
In a nail-biter of a win vs. Toronto earlier today, Fisher put up 4 points on 2 for 4 shooting, attempted one 3 pt shot, had 2 assists, 1 board and committed 4 personal fouls in less than 20 minutes of play.