The Detroit Pistons selected Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Kennard played college basketball at the University of Duke. He played for two years under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Kennard is originally from Franklin, OH where he played high school basketball at Franklin High School.
During the 2015-2016 season, Kennard averaged just over 11 points a game for the Blue Devils. He shot 42 percent from the field and only 31 percent from three-point range. As a freshman, Kennard averaged 26 minutes a game.
The 2016-2017 season for Kennard was much different. He averaged 19.5 points a game and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. His biggest jump in production was his three-point percentage. In his sophomore season, Kennard shot just over 43 percent from three-point range.
He brings value to the Detroit Pistons. Kennard can shoot from long range, an area where Detroit struggled last season. The Pistons finished 28th in the NBA in three-point percentage. The league has transitioned toward the more three-point shooting and it can define a team’s success offensively. The best teams in the NBA shoot from the long range more often and more successfully.
It’s hard to say what Kennard can do for this team immediately. He’ll be playing off the bench and most likely be backing up Kentavious-Caldwell Pope. Detroit can’t really expect a lot out of him considering he will have a limited role.
Overall, this was the right move by the Detroit Pistons. Considering they didn’t make any moves, Detroit had to improve in their weakest area as a team. Kennard has good size for a guard at 6’5 and is a sharpshooter. Coach Stan Van Gundy will be able to rely on him to come off the bench and give him meaningful minutes. Luke Kennard was the safest pick for the Detroit Pistons in this year’s draft.