Finals matchup: Holland vs. Knight at small forward

Apr 23, 2021 by Print
Finals matchup: Holland vs. Knight at small forward

The respective contributions of UNICS Kazan swingman John Holland and his AS Monaco counterpart Marcos Knight have gone a long way for each team this season. The two experienced players will get more chances to shine in the EuroCup Finals, which tip off with Game 1 in Monaco on April 27.

John Holland, UNICS Kazan

UNICS has plenty of offensive firepower, but that has not stopped Holland's consistent contribution throughout this campaign. At age 32 - and almost nine years removed from his competition debut - Holland has put together the best EuroCup campaign of his career. In his fourth EuroCup season, the UNICS swingman is averaging 10.5 points on 44% three-point shooting, along with 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Holland has knocked down 40 triples this season, which ranks third on the team and is tied for fifth in the competition this season. After overcoming some injury problems earlier in the season, he has started 10 of the team's last 12 games. Holland has also knocked down at least 1 triple in 13 consecutive games; he shot 7-for-16 in the quarterfinals and then 7-for-15 in the semifinals. Holland enters the EuroCup Finals with a hot hand, which is a weapon that could give Monaco plenty of headaches.

Marcos Knight, AS Monaco

No Monaco player has started more games this season than Knight, who has 20 starts in his first season in the competition. Knight has proven that he can play a lot bigger than his 1.88 meters with his consistent all-around contributions. Even some struggles with shooting from beyond the arc did not stop Knight from scoring more than 10 points in 15 of his 21 appearances this season. He has averaged 13.4 points - third-most on the team - and Knights's 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game are each second-best on the team. The 30-year old has pulled down 7 or more rebounds in seven games this season, including in each of the last four - all Monaco playoff victories. That includes Game 2 of the semifinals where Knight delivered 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. And he has every intention of keeping it up in the EuroCup Finals.