Watching how point guards naturally progress is an interesting process.

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank made it a point to commend Pistons rookie Brandon Knight on his improvement in these unusual circumstances.

"When you're going through the league the first time, as much preparation as you do, there's still on-the-job training," Frank said. "You see how he responds the next time against the same opponent."

That's an area where tangible advancement can be charted. Knight had a miserable game against Brandon Jennings and the Bucks on Jan. 30. But when they met four days later, Knight had one of his best games as a pro, putting up 26 points and seven assists.