Apr 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) is defended by Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Knight Makes Impressive Leap

Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight is coming off the best season of his young career in 2013-14 and he’s doing the work in the offeason, at least according to this Vine from the Bucks’ official account:

The Bucks claim that is a 60-inch box jump. That’s 5 feet. That’s high. True confession—that’s nearly me.

Knight was one of the bright spots in a dismal 2013-14 campaign for Milwaukee. Acquired in the Brandon Jennings sign-and-trade deal from the Detroit Pistons, Knight started 69 of the 72 games he appeared in and averaged career-bests of 17.9 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and one steal in 33.3 minutes per game. He shot .422/.325/.802.

The Bucks have Knight, veteran shooting guard O.J. Mayo and second-year men Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters returning in the backcourt and have added free agent Jerryd Bayless from the Boston Celtics and claimed Kendall Marshall off waivers from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bayless split last season between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Celtics, averaging 9.3 points, 2.7 assists and two rebounds in 23.4 minute per game and shooting .402/.358/.797.

The Bucks will be Bayless’ sixth NBA team in a career that began in 2008, when he was the 11th overall pick in the NBA Draft out of Arizona by the Indiana Pacers. He never suited up for the Pacers as he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers a couple of weeks after being drafted. He’s also spent time with the New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors.

Marshall emerged as a legitimate NBA passer with the Lakers last season, averaging 8.8 assists per game after he was signed as a free agent in December. He also averaged eight points and 2.9 rebounds in 29 minutes per game, shooting .406/.399/.528.

Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Phoenix Suns, who traded him to the Washington Wizards late in the preseason last year. After he was waived by Washington, he was unsigned for nearly two months before the Lakers—desperate for point guard help after injuries to Steve Nash and Steve Blake—signed him.

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