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.
Scores 14 points off bench
GDetroit Pistons
January 17, 2019
Kennard finished with 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 120-115 win over the Magic.
Kennard saw a decent amount of playing time off the bench in a game that went to overtime, hitting 60 percent of his shots in the process. The shooting guard spot remains an open position on the Pistons, and Kennard has taken a step forward lately to warrant consideration for more minutes in the backcourt.
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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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Poor production in spot start
GDetroit Pistons
January 10, 2019
Kennard finished with five points (1-8 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists, one rebound, one steal, and one block in 23 minutes during Thursday's 112-102 loss to the Kings.
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Starting Thursday vs. Kings
GDetroit Pistons
January 10, 2019
Kennard is starting at small forward in Thursday's tilt against Sacramento, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Another strong outing
GDetroit Pistons
January 3, 2019
Kennard tallied 13 points (4-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-6 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes Wednesday in the Pistons' 101-94 win over the Grizzlies.
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Solid effort off bench
GDetroit Pistons
December 30, 2018
Kennard scored a team-high 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt) while adding six rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 109-107 loss to the Magic.
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Leading scorer off bench
GDetroit Pistons
December 28, 2018
Kennard finished with 14 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and a steal over 21 minutes Friday against Indiana.
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