Two years ago at this point, Ekpe Udoh’s name was barely a blip on the radar. It was ludicrous to think Greg Monroe might fall to the Pistons only because Udoh would go ahead of him.

A year ago now, Bismack Biyombo was a man of mystery thought to have a shot at perhaps sneaking into the late lottery. Come draft night, Michael Jordan was so fearful Biyombo wouldn’t be there at No. 9 – one spot after the Pistons – that he swung a trade to get up to 7 so he could claim Biyombo for his Charlotte Bobcats, dropping Brandon Knight into old rival Joe Dumars’ lap.

Instead of nearly six weeks between the lottery and the draft, this week there are four. The change won’t unduly strain NBA teams, but it does change their timelines. Things turn up a notch this week with the Chicago draft combine, where the Pistons will watch the athletic testing and measurements with interest but be intensely focused on interviewing candidates for the No. 9 pick.

If you want to make it through a full Brandon Knight workout, you’d better pack a lunch. And maybe a sleeping bag.

At one hour, he’s just warming up. At two hours, he gives a little head feint so coaches who might tell him to call it a day bug out. And then he keeps going.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight has been named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today. He becomes the first Pistons’ rookie since Grant Hill (1994-95) to be named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

“It’s an honor to make the NBA All-Rookie First Team as there were definitely a lot of good rookies this season who played big roles for their teams,” Knight said. “My focus remains on continuing to get better and improve as a player while helping our team win games and reach our goals.”

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