What impact will Brandon Knight have on the Dallas Mavericks?

Dallas Mavericks, Brandon Knight
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The Dallas Mavericks brought back Brandon Knight on March 29. Trey Burke joined Sterling Brown in the health and safety protocols, which opened the door for Dallas to add Knight via a ten-day hardship exemption.

The Mavs signed on Dec. 23 to a ten-day hardship deal during the team’s outbreak. Knight played in three games before entering the protocols on Dec. 29. He averaged 10.0 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and hitting all eight of his free throw attempts. The 30-year-old showed he could still play in the league after playing just 64 games since 2017 because of a series of injuries.

Knight gives the Mavericks another veteran ball-handler that knows head coach Jason Kidd’s system. The 6’2 guard was impressive during his first stint in Dallas after missing the entire 2020-2021 season. What will Knight bring to the Mavs on this ten-day deal?

What impact will Brandon Knight have on the Dallas Mavericks?

Knight is averaging 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 28.0 minutes per game in the G League playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season. He has struggled to find his shot after a one-year off where Knight is shooting just 39.3 percent from the field and 28.4 percent on his threes.

The Mavericks talked about the 30-year-old point guard being a veteran presence during his first ten-day deal. He can run the second unit, make plays, and still has the quickness to get past his defender.

With the addition of Spencer Dinwiddie, the Mavs have three capable point guards that are all hungry for 30-plus minutes per game. Unless someone sits, Knight is going to struggle to get minutes.

Expect him to be a veteran presence that helps Dallas get organized and offers ideas on how to attack defenses. Do not expect many minutes, but that won’t stop Knight from having a positive impact in the locker room.

The Dallas Mavericks are fighting to move up to third in the Western Conference, and every game has added significance down the stretch. They are just one game behind the Warriors and hold the tiebreaker by winning three of the four meetings this season. Can Dallas move up? Stay tuned to find out. 

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