Brandon Emmanuel Knight is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Knight played his high school basketball for Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In his junior year, he averaged 31.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3 steals per game led the Panthers to their second consecutive Class 3A state title. He scored 27 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the state final. At the conclusion of the season, Knight was named 2009 Florida Mr. Basketball.
In his senior year, he averaged 32.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He also participated in the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland and the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic in New York City and was also named first-team Parade All-American honors. Knight played his college basketball for the University of Kentucky. He led all freshman in the nation in scoring in his first 14 games averaging 18.3 points, shooting 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Knight was considered as one of the best point guards in college basketball and was selected as the finalist for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. He was named All-SEC first team, SEC All-Freshman team honor and Fox Sports' All-America fifth team. Forgoing his final three years of college, Knight was drafted as the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.
He was named to the All-NBA Rookie First Team in 2012. In 2013, Knight was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. In 2015, Knight was traded to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade involving the Philadelphia 76ers. He re-signed with the Suns to a five-year, $70 million contract before the start of the 2016-17 season. Knight scored the first triple-double of his career with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists to go along with 4 steals.
With this performance, he became just the fourth player in NBA history to record such a stat line and just the second player to do so at 23 years or younger. Later into the season, he scored a career-high 38 points with a season-high 11 rebounds against the Denver Nuggets in a 114-107 victory. In 2018, Knight, along with Marquese Chriss, was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton.