Heading into the training camp, the Phoenix Suns were faced with an interesting dilemma with a crowded backcourt duo the emergence of Devin Booker last season. Head coach Earl Watson has quickly brought a resolution to that situation by naming Booker the starter and sending Brandon Knight to the bench. In light of that, Knight has commented on his new role with the Suns.
“I mean, we’ll see, I can’t predict the future, I don’t how it will be,” Knight told Bryan Gibberman of Arizona Sports after Tuesday’s practice at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “Like I said, I’ll do my best to stay warm, figure it out. You have to be professional about it and remain positive.”
The 24-year-old has appropriately taken the high road with this situation seeing this as another way he can thrive. It’s completely new territory having started in 315 out of the 328 games throughout the first five years of his career. In the Suns’ first preseason game, Knight scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with two assists, two rebounds, and four turnovers in 17 minutes played.
It’s obvious that it’s going to take some time for Knight to get acquainted with coming off the bench. He will still play in a large role with the team being the sixth man as the primary sub for either Booker or Eric Bledsoe. More importantly, this could be a prime opportunity for him to find his niche.