After just a few practices for the Detroit Pistons, Corey Maggette has labeled second year point guard Brandon Knight as the leader of the team. Maggette made the comment without prompting, and when he was asked to clarify his statement about Knight, he told the media the following (via MLive.com):
"I consider him the leader. He's the point guard. He's the leader of our team. He's the one who's going to have the ball in his hands, making the calls, reading defenses, reading offensive plays. He can do that. He has the ability to be the leader on this team."
Maggette only arrived this past offseason, he was acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats in the Ben Gordon trade. He's already noted Knight's work ethic though, and has taken to calling Knight "the franchise player". He said nothing but good things about what he's seen from Knight in practice thus far:
"He's doing it on the court. He's working hard. He's doing all the right things. Guys really look at that. He's earned his respect."
Knight was the eighth overall selection in the 2011 NBA draft. He entered the draft after just one season at the University of Kentucky, and will not turn 21 until December of this year. Knight averaged 12.8 points per game to go along with 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds last season, while averaging just over 32 minutes per game as a rookie.