Heading into this season, Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson made the decision to move Brandon Knight off the bench in favor of having a starting backcourt of Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. There hasn’t been much conflict up to this point in time. However, Knight appears to be still having trouble adjusting to his new role.
“It’s not an easy transition,” Knight told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. “Definitely trying to stay warm, trying to figure out when and where to attack. Just trying to figure out a routine. That’s the biggest thing. You’ve had a routine over the past five, six years. Just trying to figure out how to be successful within the time you’re playing and how to pace yourself because you can play long spurts as a bench guy.”
His struggles have a become a huge topic of conversation around the organization. Knight is signed through 2019-20 season making $56.5 million over that duration. This season his numbers have taken a significant dip averaging 12.8 points on 37.7 percent shooting with 3.2 assists, and 2.8 rebounds.
Although Knight is coming off a season-high 32 points, his offensive woes could develop into an issue for the team. If he continues down this path, the trade rumors could become more prominent and realistic. This is certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward.