According to ESPN, Brandon Knight has torn his left ACL and could possibly lose the 2017-2018 NBA season. The injury to the 25 year old point guard leaves a hole in the Sun’s rotation that most likely will be filled from the inside.
Last year, Knight played in 54 games averaging 21 minutes and 11 points per game before being shut down after the NBA All-Star game. The Suns successfully helped the tanking process by holding out a healthy Knight towards the end of the season. Knight did not play in the final 25 games of this past season, and the team won 6 of those games. Although the Suns only won 17 games with Knight in the lineup, he still added a veteran presence that allowed younger players to be eased into the lineup.
With Brandon Knight being involved in various trade rumors, this injury still hurts the Suns, but does not change the future outlook of the team. This will open up minutes for the likes of Tyler Ulis and Josh Jackson to immediately take advantage of. Ulis saw a major increase in minutes during the latter part of last season, and for the most part he was very successful. He averaged 20.7 points and 6.8 assists per game through the last 6 games of the season. Ulis got into a flow while he was starting, and showed he could play major minutes.
Another man who I could see filling in many of Knight’s minutes is the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft, Josh Jackson. Most of the time I do not think a rookie should be rushed into a major role, but I think that Jackson is NBA ready and able to handle it. We could get an early look at one of the best players in the draft that surprisingly fell to us. We should give him a chance to prove himself. This could be his opportunity.