Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Aside from getting the frontcourt of the future accustomed to playing next to each other, playing Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond together may also be beneficial to 20-year-old "point guard of the future" Brandon Knight.
While Pistons fans were most excited about Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe finally playing together, I happened to notice another important by product of the two big men finally getting on the court at the same time: Brandon Knight and his success at point guardy things.
In just under six minutes of action together, Knight racked up four of his six assists while Monroe and Drummond were on the floor together. It could be a coincidence, but in addition to Monroe having success playing point forward, Knight seemed much more comfortable with extra space, as Monroe and Drummond spread things out and opened up the offense. Again, maybe it was a coincidence, but I can't recall Knight ever coming close to four assists in six minutes before.
Even before Monroe and Drummond took the floor together for the first time this season, I thought Knight was quietly having his best game in terms of passing the rock -- he easily could've had three more assists in the game had it not been for missed bunnies, two from Prince -- but he was clearly best with Monroe and Drummond both on the court.
Knight has been a bit of an enigma this season, as his stats through five games suggested he had vastly improved at point guard (35 AST% opposite 20 TOV% compared to last year's 21 AST% and 17 TOV%), although he has unequivocally failed the eye test. Last year, I thought Knight provided hope despite his ugly stats.
Maybe Lawrence Frank noticed Knight's success on Friday night, too, and will use that as further reason to play DrumMonroe. After all, it's all part of the future.