The Sports Xchange reports that Kentucky PG Brandon Knight surprisingly fell to the Pistons at No. 8 overall Thursday. That gives the Pistons a new floor leader and increases the possibility that 2010-11 leading scorer and restricted free agent Rodney Stuckey will not return. Knight, who spoke with the Pistons at the Chicago predraft camp but didn't work out in Detroit, was expected to go as high as No. 3 to Utah. "At that point, it was a talent we didn't think we could pass up," said president of basketball operations Joe Dumars, who had planned to draft a frontcourt player. Knight joins a backcourt that includes point guards Stuckey and Will Bynum and shooting guards Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon. The Pistons might be less inclined to match an offer sheet for Stuckey, whose talent is sometimes overshadowed by maturity issues and questionable leadership on and off the court. Knight also enters the league with questions about where he fits in an NBA backcourt. "That's something we'll have to figure out," Knight said of possibly playing with Stuckey. "I definitely see myself as a point guard." Dumars and his staff are enamored of Knight's work ethic, intelligence, shooting ability and character. They won't hesitate to throw him into the rotation. "We're going to put the ball in his hands and allow him to make plays," Dumars said. "He can play in the backcourt with the other guys we have. You allow a kid like this to grow."
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