Luke Kennard
Luke Kennard
22-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Kennard immediately jumped into a rotation role off the bench for the Pistons. His most notable contribution came as a deep ball threat, as Kennard hit 1.1 three-pointers per game while finishing with a superb 41.5 percent clip from outside. However, the 22-year-old also showed off the ability to create open looks for himself and act as a facilitator at times, so he wasn't simply just a floor spacer. Kennard finished his rookie season with averages of 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 20.0 minutes. Considering his solid NBA debut, Kennard could be in line for an increased role during the upcoming campaign. He's certainly in consideration for a spot in the top unit, though it seems likely he'll remain in a bench role to start the year behind some combination of Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson and/or Glenn Robinson. Still, the Pistons have already stated their intention of getting the ball in Kennard's hands more often offensively and he's likely going to be asked to take on some ball-handling duties in the second unit. The Pistons reportedly wanted to have Kennard work at point guard during summer league before an injury ruled him out of the session, but it still gives a glimpse of what the staff may have planned for their young wing. He appears to have a bright future in the Association, but with a handful of other bodies on the wing making it hard for Kennard to get big minutes, he'll likely just be a three-point specialist for those in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.03 million contract with the Pistons in July of 2017. Pistons exercised $3.83 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Scores 10 points in loss
GDetroit Pistons
March 13, 2019
Kennard totaled 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt), four assists and three rebounds over 29 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Heat on Wednesday.
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Kennard didn't do much in Wednesday's loss, producing his third consecutive poor performance. Although he's played nearly 30 minutes per game off the bench, his production is erratic from night-to-night. Over his last three games, he's averaged 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Kennard can't be counted on for consistency.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
After just two seasons at Duke, Kennard entered the 2017 NBA Draft early after a standout sophomore campaign where he averaged 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 35.5 minutes. The Pistons fell in love with the 6-foot-6 shooting guard and ended up taking him with the 12th overall pick, despite many experts believing he could fall to the back end of the first round. Kennard helped back up his selection with a solid showing in the Orlando Summer League, where he averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals across 30.7 minutes. While he doesn't necessarily have the athleticism that teams look for in the NBA, Kennard's got a deadly stroke from beyond the arc, evidenced by his 43.8 percent clip from deep during his final year at Duke. That should provide the Pistons with another scoring threat, although Kennard will have to settle for a reserve role during his rookie year. The Pistons let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope go in free agency, but then traded for Avery Bradley, who should get the bulk of the work at shooting guard. Stanley Johnson is expected to be given more minutes at small forward despite playing some shooting guard in the past, which could allow Kennard to lock in a role as Bradley's backup. Either way, Kennard will be stuck in a bench role, which should make him nothing more than a role player. That will likely limit his overall upside as a Fantasy prospect, so temper expectations for the 21-year-old guard.
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Scores 14 in win
GDetroit Pistons
March 8, 2019
Kennard totaled 14 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 28 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Bulls on Friday.
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Probable Friday
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Foot
March 8, 2019
Kennard is probable for Friday's game against the Bulls due to right foot soreness, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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Puts up 21 points in win
GDetroit Pistons
March 6, 2019
Kennard recorded 21 points (8-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and three assists across 29 minutes Wednesday against Minnesota.
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Continues solid play in victory
GDetroit Pistons
March 4, 2019
Kennard tallied 19 points (6-10 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, and two rebounds in 35 minutes during Sunday's 112-107 victory over Toronto.
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Big night against Cavs
GDetroit Pistons
March 3, 2019
Kennard scored a team-high 26 points (10-15 FG, 6-7 3Pt) while adding five rebounds, an assist and a block in 22 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 129-93 rout of the Cavaliers.
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