Although Pistons guard Brandon Knight made the all-rookie second team last season, he still had his critics.

The top criticism?

His average of 3.8 assists per game, a low number for a starting point guard.

Through his first three exhibition games, Knight appears to be making an effort to shed his reputation as a shoot-first point guard. He has been trying to get his teammates involved, knowing his offense will come later.

"I'm just trying to get the guys to know that I'm going to be looking for them early," Knight said Monday. "It's just making the right play.

"If I got three guys around me, I'm going to have somebody open all the time. That's what it is: to give guys open shots. If I get a lane, nobody steps up, lay-up."