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Rockets HC Mike D’Antoni says Brandon Knight could make Rockets debut next week

Mike D'Antoni, Brandon Knight

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni says combo guard Brandon Knight could make his season debut next week.

The Rockets acquired Knight from the Phoenix Suns in the Ryan Anderson trade, but the scoring guard hasn’t played in a game yet as he’s recovering from an ACL injury in his left knee.

Brandon Knight, who missed the entire 2017-18 season, had a minor cleanup on his knee before training camp started. Injuries have been a constant theme in Knight’s pro career. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in April of 2015 and has missed a plethora of games due to back ailments. Knight has been practicing with the Rockets lately, a sign that he’s almost ready to play in a real game.

The 27-year-old Knight has career averages of 15.2 points in 382 games with the Detroit PistonsMilwaukee Bucks and Suns. The eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft will give the Rockets depth in the backcourt and is owed $14,631,250 in 2018-19 and $15,643,750 in 2019-20.

The Rockets are really struggling on offense right now. After having the second-best offense in the NBA last season, Houston is averaging only 108.3 points per game this year, 21st in the NBA. When healthy, Brandon Knight is a guy who can create his own shot off the dribble, stretch the floor with 3-point shooting and get to the rim and finish in traffic. He will add a much-needed dynamic to the Rockets’ offense.