With the 2015-16 season concluded, Suns.com takes a look at each individual player heading into the summer. We’ll include a look back at some of his best highlights, his season in general, and what could lie in store heading into next year. A new player review will be revealed each weekday in alphabetical order. The player names listed below will become clickable links as each one’s review is published. Feel free to comment below to give your own take!
MORE REVIEWS: Eric Bledsoe | Devin Booker | Chase Budinger | Tyson Chandler | Archie Goodwin | John Jenkins | Brandon Knight | Alex Len | Jon Leuer | Ronnie Price | Mirza Teletovic | PJ Tucker | TJ Warren | Alan Williams
Bio: 6-3, 189 pounds, 24 years old
2015-16 Stats: 19.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 1.2 spg
Offseason Status: Under contract with Phoenix
Season in Review: When healthy, few in the league could match Knight's propensity for getting hot in a hurry. The fifth-year guard was explosive at times, including a 30-point, seven-assist, six-rebound performance at Golden State in March.
Knight was especially effective when he used his quick dribble to get to the rim. Per NBA.com, he shot 90.5 percent on running layups, well above the league average of 73.3 percent. That, combined with his team-high 2.3 threes made per game, helped him put up a career-best 19.6 points per contest. Unfortunately, an abductor strain and a sports hernia limited Knight to 52 games played.
The Next Step
Knight's scoring was up in 2015-16, but so did his turnovers. The 24-year-old committed 3.4 miscues per contest, a costly amount when paired with Bledsoe's 3.5 turnovers per game. As a result, Phoenix gave up the most points off turnovers (20.2 per contest) in the league.
If Knight can improve his efficiency on the bounce and with his shot (41.5 FG%), he would become one of the most dangerous scoring guards in the league.