Houston Rockets: Brandon Knight expected to miss time after knee surgery
Brandon Knight of the Houston Rockets is expected to miss at least a bit of time after undergoing a knee procedure.
The season has yet to start and Brandon Knight hasn’t suited up in a Rockets jersey, but his injuries are already causing concern. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Knight is expected to miss some time after undergoing a “clean up” operation on his left knee.
On @theathleticnba @watchstadium: Houston's Brandon Knight underwent surgery on his left knee, considered a "clean up," and will miss some time, per league sources.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 20, 2018
Knight tore his left ACL in the summer of 2017 while he was working out in Miami. The injury caused him to miss the entirety of last season after playing just 54 games in the 2016-17 season. In fact, Knight has missed at least 19 games in the last four seasons.
Its been over a year since Knight stepped foot on a NBA court, and even then he had the worst season of his career. In the 2016-17 season, Knight averaged career lows in points, rebounds, assists and minutes.
Knight has been injury prone over his entire career, and the fact that he has $30 million and two years on his contract doesn’t help his case. Although, this is a risk that the Rockets were right to take because they had to get rid of Ryan Anderson‘s contract.
When healthy, Knight has proven that he is a volume scorer. He has shot 35.7 percent from 3-point range over his career and he’s not shy about launching up shots, which makes him a perfect fit in Mike D’Antoni‘s offense.
Shams Charania didn’t say how much time Knight is expected to miss. The Rockets make their preseason debut against Memphis on Oct. 02 and they start the regular season at home against New Orleans on Oct. 17. Unless he makes a superhuman recovery, Knight will likely miss the home opener.
The Rockets won’t miss him too much, as James Harden, Chris Paul and Michael Carter-Williams can easily shoulder Houston’s offense. The Rockets should be patient with Knight and allow him to completely recover before getting him back on the floor so that he’s healthy when it really counts.