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
Suffers knee strain, out for summer league
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
July 3, 2018
Kennard suffered a left knee strain during Monday's practice and will be shut down for the remainder of summer league, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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While the injury is reportedly "nothing serious," the Pistons will opt to play it safe with the No. 12 overall pick from the 2017 draft. He'll presumably be healthy by the time training camp rolls around and should have the opportunity to compete for a starting role at shooting guard. Kennard's absence during summer league may prove more costly to his potential development at point guard, a position the Pistons were planning on using the 22-year-old on an experimental basis.
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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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Will participate in summer league
GDetroit Pistons
June 25, 2018
Kennard is expected to play with the Pistons' summer league team, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Finishes season with strong performance
GDetroit Pistons
April 12, 2018
Kennard had 23 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 119-87 victory over Chicago.
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Records team-high 20 points Monday
GDetroit Pistons
April 9, 2018
Kennard collected 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 35 minutes in Monday's 108-98 loss to the Raptors.
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Set to start final four contests
GDetroit Pistons
April 6, 2018
Kennard will move into the starting five for the Pistons' final four games of the season, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
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Another impressive performance
GDetroit Pistons
March 21, 2018
Kennard produced 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 115-88 victory over Phoenix.
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