Brandon Knight (basketball)

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Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight shooting.jpg
Knight during his tenure with the Detroit Pistons
No. 2 – Houston Rockets
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
Personal information
Born (1991-12-02) December 2, 1991 (age 26)
Miami, Florida
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolPine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
CollegeKentucky (2010–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2011–present
Career history
20112013Detroit Pistons
20132015Milwaukee Bucks
20152018Phoenix Suns
2018–presentHouston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Brandon Emmanuel Knight (born December 2, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky. Knight has also previously played for the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.

Knight won the 2009 and 2010 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year awards, becoming just the third junior to receive the award following LeBron James (2002) and Greg Oden (2005).[1]

High school career[edit]

Knight attended Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he was a two-time Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year, becoming the first student-athlete from the state of Florida to earn such honor.[2] A national advisory board was composed of sportswriters and sport-specific experts from around the United States. This board selected Knight from more than 552,000 high school boys basketball players nationwide. Knight maintained a 4.3 grade-point average.[3]

In his junior year, he led the Panthers to their second consecutive Class 3A state title. He averaged 31.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and three steals per game during the season. Knight scored 27 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished four assists in a 60–44 win over Jones High in the state final. He beat his own school single-season record by more than 200 points, finishing with 968 points. He also set a school record with 127 three-pointers. These accomplishments contributed to Knight being named the 2009 Florida Mr. Basketball. Knight is second all-time on the scoring list for high school basketball in Florida, amassing a staggering 3,515 points from 2005–2010.

As a senior, he averaged 32.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. On March 4, 2010, Knight played his last high school basketball game. After injuring his groin in the state semi-finals, he led Pine Crest to the championship game seeking a third consecutive Class 3A state title, but lost 70–46 to Rickards High School of Tallahassee.[4]

Knight played in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game in Columbus and hit the game winning three-point basket to give the West a 107–104 victory. He also played in the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland and the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic in New York City,[5] and earned first-team Parade All-American honors.


Knight also had a lot of success on the AAU circuit. As a sophomore, Knight's Team Breakdown won the Junior Division National Championship, which is the most competitive division in AAU.[citation needed] The following year, Knight formed a dominating backcourt with Kenny Boynton and Raymond Taylor, as Team Breakdown defended their title. Once Boynton graduated, Knight switched to Team STAT/Each One Teach One during 2009, joining Austin Rivers in the backcourt. Knight broke his foot in mid July during a game at the Nike Peach Jam Tournament and took the rest of the summer off to rest his foot.[6]

College recruiting[edit]

Knight was ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the class of 2010 in the ESPNU 100, and the No. 6 recruit by and He considered Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse.[7]

On April 14, 2010, Knight signed an aid agreement with the University of Kentucky, not a letter of intent. Amid rumors that Kentucky coach John Calipari would jump to coach in the NBA, Knight's parents advised him to sign an aid agreement. By signing an aid agreement, the Wildcats were committed to Knight, but he was not committed to them.[8]

College career[edit]

Knight playing in an exhibition game at Kentucky after his career.

On November 12, 2010, Knight made his regular season debut for Kentucky, recording 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in an 88-65 win over East Tennessee State.[9] After his first 14 games, Knight led all freshmen in the nation in scoring, averaging 18.3 points on 47% from the field and 40% from the three-point line. Impressively, Knight won SEC freshman of the week three times. In February 2011, Knight was one of ten players selected as a finalist for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given to the year's best point guard in college basketball.[10] He went on to earn All-SEC first team and SEC All-Freshman team honors. He was also named to the Fox Sports' All-America fifth team.[11] He led his team to an SEC championship victory and then went on to advance to the Final Four.

In April 2011, Knight declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Pistons (2011–2013)[edit]

On June 23, 2011, Knight was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. On February 8, 2012, he was selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars competition; he was drafted to play for Team Shaq. On May 22, 2012, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team.[13]

On February 27, 2013, Knight scored a then career-high 32 points in a 96-95 win over the Washington Wizards.[14] He went on to participate in the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend's Rising Stars Game where he recorded 10 points and 6 assists for Team Chuck.[15]

Milwaukee Bucks (2013–2015)[edit]

On July 31, 2013, Knight was traded, along with Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Brandon Jennings.[16] On December 31, 2013, Knight scored a then career-high 37 points in a 94-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[17]

On February 14, 2015, Knight took part in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and made it up until the final round before losing to Patrick Beverley by a timely shot from Beverley.

Phoenix Suns (2015–2018)[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Knight was traded, along with former Suns player Kendall Marshall, to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade also involving the Philadelphia 76ers.[18] Two days later, Knight made his Suns debut, recording 13 points and 5 assists off the bench in a 112–107 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[19] On March 9, Knight suffered a short-term left ankle injury during a 98–80 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[20] He returned to action on March 29 to score three points on 1-of-10 shooting against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but was then ruled out for the rest of the season in early April due to a left heel bone bruise.[21] He later underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on April 17.[22]

On July 17, 2015, Knight re-signed with the Suns to a five-year, $70 million contract.[23][24] On November 12, he tied his career-high of 37 points in a 118–104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[25] Four days later, Knight recorded his first career triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 15 assists in a 120–101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[26] Knight became just the fourth player since steals became an official stat in the 1973–74 season to record a triple-double with a line of at least 30 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals, joining Pete Maravich, Magic Johnson and Russell Westbrook,[27] as well as the second player behind Magic Johnson to record such a line at 23 years old or younger.[28][29] On November 20, Knight recorded a double-double with a career-high 38 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in a 114–107 victory over the Denver Nuggets.[30] On December 13, he scored 25 points and hit a career-high seven three-pointers in a 108–101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[31] On March 10, 2016, Knight scored 10 points in 25 minutes against the Denver Nuggets in his first game since January 19 due to a left adductor strain.[32] Two days later, he scored 30 points and hit a career-high tying seven three-pointers in a 123–116 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[33] On March 28, he again scored 30 points and tied a career-high with seven 3-pointers in a 121–116 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, recording his fifth 30-point game of the season.[34] On April 3, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with the same left adductor strain that kept him out for seven weeks earlier in the season.[35] Five days later, he underwent successful surgery to treat the sports hernia.[36]

In October 2016, with teammate Eric Bledsoe returning to good health and form, new Suns head coach Earl Watson announced that Knight would come off the bench and be a sixth man to start the 2016–17 season.[37] On November 16, 2016, Knight scored a season-high 32 points off the bench in a 120–104 loss to the Denver Nuggets.[38] On February 15, 2017, in what was his final game for the Suns, Knight scored 11 points in a 137–101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[39] On March 17, 2017, he was shut down for the rest of the 2016–17 season, having not played since the All-Star break despite being healthy.[40]

On July 25, 2017, Knight was ruled out for the entire 2017–18 season after sustaining a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury occurred a week earlier while Knight was playing in his native South Florida.[41] He underwent surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee on August 25, 2017.[42][43] In July 2018, he was deemed fit to play.[44]

Houston Rockets (2018–present)[edit]

On August 31, 2018, Knight was traded, alongside Marquese Chriss, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.[45] In September 2018, he underwent surgery on his left knee due to an infection.[46][47]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Detroit 66 60 32.3 .415 .380 .759 3.2 3.8 .7 .2 12.8
2012–13 Detroit 75 75 31.5 .407 .367 .733 3.3 4.0 .8 .1 13.3
2013–14 Milwaukee 72 69 33.3 .422 .325 .802 3.5 4.9 1.0 .2 17.9
2014–15 Milwaukee 52 52 32.5 .435 .409 .881 4.3 5.4 1.6 .2 17.8
2014–15 Phoenix 11 9 31.5 .357 .313 .828 2.1 4.5 .5 .1 13.4
2015–16 Phoenix 52 50 36.0 .415 .342 .852 3.9 5.1 1.2 .4 19.6
2016–17 Phoenix 54 5 21.1 .398 .324 .857 2.2 2.4 .5 .1 11.0
Career 382 320 31.3 .415 .357 .812 3.3 4.3 .9 .2 15.2


2010–11 Kentucky 38 38 35.9 .423 .377 .795 4.0 4.2 .7 .2 17.3

Personal life[edit]

Knight is the son of Efrem and Tonya Knight.[48]

Knight is a Christian.[49][50] Knight frequently posts "TGBTG" ("To God Be The Glory") on his Twitter account.[51][52][53] Knight also has wristbands that say "TGBTG" and "Faith".[54]


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  2. ^ "Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Brandon Knight". Reuters. March 31, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Brandon Knight: South Florida's Greatest Basketball Player". April 2, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Pine Crest falls in Knight's last game". March 5, 2010. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "Jordan Brand All-American Game Team Announced". February 18, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Knight Breaks his Foot". Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Brandon Knight – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profiles". ESPN. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Kentucky's John Calipari wins big with verbal commitments from Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist". April 14, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Kentucky wakes up in 2nd half, finishes off ETSU". ESPN. November 12, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES FINAL TEN CANDIDATES FOR 2011 BOB COUSY AWARD" (PDF). February 7, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Goodman, Jeff. "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams". Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "Brandon Knight entering NBA draft". ESPN. April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  13. ^ Brandon Knight Named to NBA All-Rookie First Team
  14. ^ Notebook: Pistons 96, Wizards 95
  15. ^ Team Shaq at Team Chuck
  16. ^ "Bucks Acquire Knight, Middleton and Kravtsov from Pistons". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  17. ^ Bucks send Lakers to sixth straight loss
  18. ^ "Suns Acquire Brandon Knight in Three-Team Trade". February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  19. ^ Gasol comes up big, Bulls beat revamped Suns 112-107
  20. ^ Brandon Knight leaves Suns-Warriors with sprained ankle, does not return
  21. ^ Brandon Knight Is Latest Cautionary Tale for Late-Season NBA Rentals
  22. ^ Knight Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Ankle
  23. ^ "Suns Re-Sign Brandon Knight". July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  24. ^ Brandon Knight agrees to five-year, $70M deal with Suns
  25. ^ "Knight, Bledsoe lead Suns past short-handed Clippers 118-104". November 12, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  26. ^ "Knight's triple-double lifts Suns to 120-101 win over Lakers". November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  27. ^ Coro, Paul (November 16, 2015). "Suns finish off Lakers late as Brandon Knight posts first career triple-double". Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  28. ^ Brandon Knight is the only player in the last...
  29. ^ All-Star play from Bledsoe, Knight have Phoenix Suns rolling as young players contribute, team jells
  30. ^ Knight scores 38 as Suns rally to beat Nuggets 114-107
  31. ^ Knight's 25 points lead Suns over Timberwolves 108-101
  32. ^ Mudiay's 30 points lead Nuggets overs Suns, 116-98
  33. ^ Curry's big fourth quarter rallies Warriors past Suns
  34. ^ Wiggins, Wolves hold off late charge by Suns in 121-116 win
  35. ^ Phoenix Suns' Brandon Knight done for season; surgery possible
  36. ^ Brandon Knight Surgery Update
  37. ^ Phoenix Suns' Brandon Knight will come off the bench
  38. ^ Wilson Chandler scores 28 points, Nuggets beat Suns 120-104
  39. ^ Brandon Knight 2016-17 Game Log
  40. ^ Report: Phoenix Suns will sit Brandon Knight for rest of season
  41. ^ Brandon Knight Injury Update
  42. ^ Brandon Knight Surgery Update
  43. ^ Suns guard Brandon Knight undergoes surgery for torn ACL
  44. ^ Phoenix Suns point guard Brandon Knight has chance to rehabilitate his career
  45. ^ "Rockets Complete Four Player Trade with Suns". August 31, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  46. ^ Shams Charania (September 19, 2018). "On @theathleticnba @watchstadium: Houston's Brandon Knight underwent..." Twitter. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  47. ^ Feigen, Jonathan (September 24, 2018). "Rockets' Brandon Knight to miss at least the preseason". Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  48. ^ "Brandon Knight Bio". Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  49. ^ Brandon Knight [@Goodknight11] (10 July 2012). "Amen RT @CV31: "I can do all through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  50. ^ "Vaught's Views: Family friend says Knight has his priorities straight". Archived from the original on 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
  51. ^ Brandon Knight [@Goodknight11] (23 April 2014). "TGBTG! If you still don't know know. Means TO GOD BE THE GLORY" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  52. ^ Brandon Knight [@Goodknight11] (12 June 2011). "TGBTG! and that's always" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  53. ^ Brandon Knight [@Goodknight11] (29 November 2012). "TGBTG!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  54. ^ Brandon Knight [@Goodknight11] (9 November 2014). "Bind these around ur heart. TGBTG Faith" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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