Detroit Pistons draft guard Luke Kennard who will provide offense

Ruben Hill
June 24, 2017

Everybody looked at him a a shooter, the thing I like is he can make plays off the dribble, he can pass the ball, said Stan Van Gundy, Pistons president and coach.

He finished his sophomore year at Duke with 19.5 points, 2.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds. "I told him when he went to Duke, 'Duke's not bringing you there to be a player".

Luke Kennard is one of the best shooters in this class. Kennard is a smart offensive player with a quick release and the ability to flourish in the pick-and-roll.

Former Duke center and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas' opinion differs. "People say, 'You think he can guard people?' It's the same stuff people said about Kyle Korver". The Spurs get rid of a cancer and get three nice retooling pieces for the future, and the Pistons get the best player.

While Kennard is an offensive standout, he will have to work very hard on defense to develop into a merely average defender. "He's not just catch-and-shoot". He wants the ball in his hands. He can spin and do up-and-under. Anticipation rose as Malik Monk, maybe the only shooter better than Kennard and a more intriguing all-around prospect, began sliding. "And there aren't a lot of those". Andrew Johnson of Nylon Calculus projected the National Basketball Association 3-point shooting of this year's draft prospects, and his model pegs Kennard to hit 38 percent of his threes at the next level, tied for the best rate in his sample.

The draft is here Detroit Pistons fans, and it it could get wild with the turbulent environment in the National Basketball Association right now. But there is more to his game, and that is why he is a lottery pick.

Certainly, Kennard is the type of player the Pistons need.

The Pistons shot only 33 percent from beyond the arc as a team last season. There is no question that it could use the perimeter scoring and floor spacing that Kennard can provide. Incumbent starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is headed for restricted free agency and figures to have various suitors for his services. Regardless, he should provide quality minutes off the bench immediately.

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