It might not be fair to say that the Detroit Pistons' season rides on the performance of Brandon Knight.

But it's probably accurate.

One-man teams never win in the NBA and Knight won't be expected to carry the Pistons by himself.

But virtually everyone agrees that everything starts with Knight, the second-year point guard from Kentucky who will be counted on to give the Pistons direction at both ends of the floor this season.

"It starts with Brandon Knight," said Corey Maggette, the Pistons' elder statesman in terms of age (32) and experience (13 seasons). "He is the key to this team. Being a point guard, there's such a load on you to be the guy that's handling the ball and handling your team.

"I think he's going to step up very well to lead this team."

That said, nobody is expecting Knight to be another Isiah Thomas or Chauncey Billups, point guards who led the Pistons to NBA championships.