Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard

25-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Clippers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
When Kennard was acquired by the Clippers in November of 2020, there was concern that a move to a lesser role with a better team could dampen the considerable momentum he built with Detroit over the beginning part of his breakthrough 2019-2020 campaign. Those worries proved to be justified, as the 25-year-old saw a steep decline in minutes (to less than 20 per contest) and a consequent loss of rosterability in most fantasy formats. Playing time was the primary factor in Kennard's decline, as he actually set career-high marks in efficiency from three-point range (44.6 percent) and overall field-goal rate (47.6 percent). Competing alongside a pair of superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George may have been a factor in what was widely viewed as a lack of decisiveness by Kennard last season, but it bears mentioning that even when Leonard went down in the playoffs, Kennard averaged less than five points per game. It remains to be seen if he'll be given a more significant role next season, though the addition of Eric Bledsoe and emergence of Terrance Mann along with the re-signing of Nicolas Batum make that scenario less likely. It's probably best to stay away from Kennard in fantasy drafts and just keep an eye on him as the season unfolds. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $41.24 million contract extension with the Clippers in December of 2020. Contract includes $14.76 million team option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Drops 19 for second straight game
GLos Angeles Clippers
December 4, 2021
Kennard registered 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-8 3Pt), four rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes during Friday's 119-115 victory over Los Angeles.
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Kennard has had an up-and-down season thus far, but he's now scored 19 points in back-to-back games off the bench, with nine made threes in that span. Fantasy-wise, Kennard doesn't offer much outside of points and threes, so he's not an overly attractive option in most season-long formats.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While knee tendinitis cost Kennard well over two months during the 2019-20 season, the campaign was anything but a washout for the third-year sharpshooter. The 24-year-old comfortably set new career highs in scoring (15.8 PPG) and assists (4.1 APG) while also establishing a new high-water mark in rebounds (3.5 per contest) and field-goal attempts (12.2 per game). Kennard once again was extremely impressive from distance, draining 39.9 percent of his 6.5 tries per game from three-point range. He also upped his efficiency from in front of the arc by sinking a career-high 49.1 percent of his two-point shots, a year after improving a rookie-season figure of 46.3 to 48.6. During the offseason, Kennard was traded from the lowly Pistons to the title-contending Clippers. With the Clippers, it seems like Kennard will slide into a sixth-man role and probably see minutes in the upper-20s. Given the surrounding talent on the team, he could also be in line for a slight reduction in usage. Since he's shown legitimate upside, fantasy managers could still take a late-round flier on him in standard leagues. Plus, Kawhi Leonard is expected to continue missing time due to rest, so Kennard could find himself in the starting five a fair amount.
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.
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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Muted production despite 32 minutes
GLos Angeles Clippers
November 24, 2021
Kennard amassed six points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 32 minutes during Tuesday's 112-104 OT loss to the Mavericks.
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Quiet night in Sunday's loss
GLos Angeles Clippers
November 15, 2021
Kennard finished with five points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes during Sunday's 100-90 loss to Chicago.
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Drills six threes in win
GLos Angeles Clippers
November 7, 2021
Kennard finished Sunday's win over the Hornets with 18 points (6-12 FG, 6-11 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one steal.
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Makes mark off bench again
GLos Angeles Clippers
November 2, 2021
Kennard registered 14 points (4-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists over 30 minutes in a 99-94 victory against Oklahoma City on Monday.
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Pops for 16 points in loss
GLos Angeles Clippers
October 29, 2021
Kennard finished with 16 points (6-15 FG, 4-11 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals and one assist in 32 minutes during Friday's 111-92 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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