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.”

As Ben Wallace weighs his future, Vernon Macklin sweats and strains to ensure his own. If he gets it right, he hopes it turns out the way it did for the guy who came out of Virginia Union, near Macklin’s native Portsmouth, undrafted in 1996.

Not that the Pistons rookie envisions four Defensive Player of the Year trophies or multiple All-Star berths ahead of him, necessarily, just that in Wallace he found the inspiration to see his path to a long and enriching NBA career.

Whatever else Rodney Stuckey took away from his exit interview with Lawrence Frank at season’s end, this is what he most took to heart: “What he is demanding a lot more from me is being vocal with the guys and stepping up and being a leader. It’s my time – time for me to be a leader.”

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