Luke Kennard
Luke Kennard
23-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 10/23/2019
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.
Officially out Wednesday
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
October 16, 2019
Kennard (knee) will not play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Hornets, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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Kennard played 23 minutes in Tuesday's exhibition against the 76ers and emerged with right knee soreness, so he'll sit for the second half of the back-to-back set. At this point, the issue doesn't seem like anything that will jeopardize his status for the start of the regular season next week, though it will be something to monitor.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Questionable for Wednesday
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
October 16, 2019
Kennard (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Hornets, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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Scores team-high 19 points in loss
GDetroit Pistons
October 9, 2019
Kennard produced 19 points (6-8 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 124-117 preseason victory over the Mavericks.
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Will come off bench Monday
GDetroit Pistons
April 22, 2019
Kennard will come off the bench in Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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Has team-high 19 points in start
GDetroit Pistons
April 18, 2019
Kennard produced 19 points (6-13 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to Milwaukee.
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To start Wednesday
GDetroit Pistons
April 17, 2019
Kennard is slated to start Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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