Brandon Emmanuel Knight (born December 2, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky. Knight has also previously played for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Knight won the 2009 and 2010 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year awards, becoming just the third junior to receive the award following LeBron James (2002) and Greg Oden (2005).
On June 23, 2011, Knight was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. On February 8, 2012, he was selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars competition; he was drafted to play for Team Shaq. On May 22, 2012, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team.
On February 14, 2015, Knight took part in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and made it up until the final round before losing to Patrick Beverley by a timely shot from Beverley.
On February 19, 2015, Knight was traded, along with former Suns player Kendall Marshall, to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade also involving the Philadelphia 76ers. Two days later, Knight made his Suns debut, recording 13 points and 5 assists off the bench in a 112–107 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
On July 17, 2015, Knight re-signed with the Suns to a five-year, $70 million contract. On December 13, he scored 25 points and hit a career-high seven three-pointers in a 108–101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
First-team All-SEC (2011)
SEC All-Freshman Team (2011)
McDonald’s All-American (2010)
Gatorade Athlete of the Year (2009)
2× Gatorade National Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
2× Florida Mr. Basketball (2009, 2010)