Luke Kennard
Luke Kennard
24-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After two seasons primarily coming off the bench, Kennard is poised to take on a starting role with the Pistons this season. He could take a step forward in his third season given more playing time, as Kennard has averaged just 21.4 minutes per contest in his career, starting only 19 games. He's proven to be a deep threat, draining 1.7 threes per game on 39.4 percent shooting from deep, and he recorded 15 games with at least three triples last season. His 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.7 threes per 36 minutes offer a lot of encouragement if an expanded role is available, but he will compete with fellow wings Markieff Morris, Tony Snell, Bruce Brown and Derrick Rose for minutes. Kennard provides steady shooting from the field, from long distance and from the foul line, but until he proves he can be a consistent scorer, his value lies in his three-point game, as he doesn't offer a lot on defense. 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.
Personal Bio

Luke Douglas Kennard was born in Middletown, Ohio in 1996. He is the son of Jennifer and Mark Kennard and has an older sister, Lauren. Kennard went to Franklin High School in Franklin, Ohio near Dayton. He was named the Ohio Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Kennard averaged 38.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game. For that effort, Kennard was also named the Parade National Player of the Year after his senior season. Known as "Cool Hand Luke", Kennard also played high school football, lettering for three years as a quarterback. As a QB, he was named Ohio Division II Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. Follow the guard on Instagram and Twitter (@LukeKennard5).

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Kennard came to Duke from his native Ohio, where he was the state's Player of the Year in both his junior and senior high school seasons. As a freshman in 2015-16, he had some strong performances, including 30 points in a loss to Notre Dame and six other games of at least 20 points. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski moved Kennard in and out of the starting lineup, but the 6-foot-5 guard was a starter in both the ACC and NCAA Tournament. Despite Grayson Allen, Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson also suiting up for the Blue Devils in 2016-17, it was Kennard who led the team in scoring with 19.5 points as a sophomore. He added 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists while converting 43.8 percent of his three-point attempts. In non-conference play, Kennard scored at least 20 points in six games of a seven-game stretch, topping out at 34 points twice. After excelling in the ACC Tournament (20.0 points in four games) to help Duke win the conference title, Kennard recorded 19 points on 4-of-18 from the field over two games of the NCAA Tournament. After the season, he gave up two years of college eligibility and went pro after being selected 12th overall by Detroit in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Out at least another week
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
March 3, 2020
Kennard (knee) will remain out for at least another week, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
ANALYSIS
Kennard has been able to go through limited parts of practice of late, but he's still not overly close to making his return from chronic knee soreness. On Tuesday, coach Dwane Casey said the team has pushed Kennard's timetable back, and he won't be available to make his return for another week "at the earliest." Kennard hasn't played since Dec. 21.
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2019

Kennard appeared in 28 games for the Pistons during the 2019-20 season. He set per-game career highs in points (15.8), assists (4.1), rebounds (3.5), threes (2.6) and minutes (32.9). He also shot a career high 89.3 percent from the free-throw line. Kennard set new single-game career highs in points (30) and assists (nine). His other single-game season highs were nine rebounds, two steals, one block and six threes. Kennard had 10 performances with at least 20 points, three rebounds and three assists. Half of those included at least four made threes. Two included at least five rebounds and at least five assists. In the eight games that Kennard saw at least 35 minutes, he averaged 18.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. A knee injury prevented Kennard from playing after Dec. 21.

2018

In his sophomore season, the 2017 lottery pick averaged 5.7 points on 67 percent shooting in 14 minutes through three games before a shoulder injury sidelined him for over a month. On Dec. 10, the 23-year-old erupted for 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field (including 5-of-8 from downtown) against Philadelphia, opening the door for more minutes as a key cog in Detroit's second unit. Kennard's playing time and performance grew following the All-Star break. After averaging 8.4 points per game on 42 percent shooting from the field pre-break, Kennard's numbers jumped to 11.7 points per game on 47 percent field-goal shooting after the break. On the season, his 39.4 three point shooting percentage ranked 28th in the Association. Kennard foreshadowed his penchant for the spotlight with a 27-point performance against the Knicks in the regular-season finale. That helped Detroit clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He then broke out in the team's first-round matchup against the Bucks. He earned a robust 33 minutes per game and averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on 48.9 percent shooting from the field while converting 9-of-15 three-point attempts. The sharpshooter led the Pistons with 21 points in Game 1 and 19 points in Game 2. However, Detroit was ultimately eliminated from the postseason by the Bucks.

2017

Kennard was drafted 12th overall by the Pistons in 2017. The Duke product had a solid rookie season, playing in 73 games and starting nine times. He showed promise early on, tallying 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 19 minutes of action in his first NBA contest at Washington. He scored in double digits four times in November and averaged 17.2 minutes during the month. Kennard notched the first 20-point game of his career on Dec. 30 in a home win against the Spurs. He shot 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-5 from long range, and grabbed three steals in 30 minutes off the bench. The 21-year-old continued to improve through the month of January, when he scored in double digits six times while averaging 8.1 points and shooting 40 percent from long range. Kennard had a strong finish to the season with an average of 10 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field in March. He averaged 20.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 33 minutes per game over an impressive three-game streak to close the campaign. This run was capped with a season-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting -- including 3-of-6 from long range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line -- along with five rebounds and five assists at Chicago on April 11.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Detroit Pistons. The deal was for two years with club options for 2019-20 and 2020-21.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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.
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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Still facing uncertain return date
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Knee
February 28, 2020
Kennard (knees) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Suns.
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Still 'a ways away' from return
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Knee
February 19, 2020
Kennard (knees) remains "a ways away" from a return but has progressed to taking some contact in practice, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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Remains sidelined
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
February 12, 2020
Kennard (knees) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Magic.
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Likely out until All-Star break
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
January 13, 2020
Coach Dwane Casey said Monday that Kennard (knee) may not be ready to return until after the All-Star break, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Not ready to play
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Knee
January 13, 2020
Kennard (knee) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Pelicans.
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