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Breaking News Welcome to Detroit Luke Kennard

Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by roscoe36, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. roscoe36

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    Luke Kennard | NBADraft.net

    Strengths: Crafty lefty with an ability to score from anywhere on the floor ... Big time development from his freshman to sophomore campaign ... Extremely fluid player on the offensive end ... One of the best shooters in college basketball and can do so in both catch and shoot situations as well as coming off screens ... Good pull up game as well ... Not an overly quick first step but defenses must respect his ability to knock down shots with limited space so it helps him get defenders off balance ... Moves extremely well off the ball and creates a lot of space with his ability to utilize screens ... Extremely high basketball IQ with improving play making abilities. Good vision in both the half court and open court settings. Limits turnovers for a guy with the ball in his hand as much as he did last season with Duke not having a true PG ... Can finish at the rim and through some contact and has the ability to use both his left and right hands to get shots off once in the paint ... Good size (6'6) for the two-guard position at the next level but lacks great length ... 6'5 wingspan and 8'4 standing reach, the same as Donovan Mitchell ... Showed great leadership capabilities during his sophomore season at Duke as he was the glue that held the oft injured/suspended team together during the season's first two months ...

    Weaknesses: Not a bad athlete by any means but not the explosive type of guy that you would want out of a potential lottery pick ... He's going to play on the wing at the next level and will be going up against the league's best when it comes to that category ... His aforementioned wingspan would rank in the bottom third of the league at 6'5 ... Lacks explosiveness at the rim and is more of a crafty scorer than a guy that is going to get into the lane, absorb a ton of contact and get to the free throw line ... Moves his feet well on defense but can get burned by quicker players on the perimeter ... Will need to be in a good defensive scheme with better individual defenders around him to be effective on that end of the floor ... Had an extremely poor showing in the NCAA Tournament as Duke fell short of expectations as they fell to South Carolina in the Round of 32 ...

    Overall: Few players in the entire NCAA did more for their draft stock this season than Kennard ... Coming into the 2016-2017 season he was considered a solid role player and a guy who might get some draft consideration in 2018 or 2019. Led the ACC in scoring during the regular season. Lot to love about his game one the offensive end and a lot to be desired on the defensive end. Kennard is just one of those guys who "gets it" and knows how to play the game. Rarely gets out of control and seemingly does whatever he needs to for his team to win on any given night. He will be one of those guys who surprises people at the next level and should stick around in the league for quite some time due to his overall skill set and versatility on offense.​
     
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    Weird, he's a righty in every way except shooting a bball. He even throws righty.

    Very unusual. Will be interesting to see if his ambidextriousness shows.
     
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    He's says he's competitive and likes to be a leader. 2 things the team needs on top of outside shooting.

    Espn giving him a 7% chance to become a starter... for what that's worth.
     
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    That # will go up if Pope's agent tries to play hardball.
     
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    So basically the opposite of Stanley?

    Frozen: In control, fluid footwork, great shooter, offensive versatility, average athlete, poor/lazy defender.
    Stanley: Out of control, travels all the time, bad shooter, only good shot is mid-range pull, freak athlete, works his ass off on D.
     
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    This may be a pick to get rid of KCP. He looks pretty damn good to be honest.
     
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    What do I know, but I think Kennard will be a better player than Stanley in a few years if he gets minutes.

    SJ has a lot of upside, but the mental part of the game disappeared for him when his mother passed away. She was his bball coach and his life coach. It's a big loss, and his career will go based on how he adjusts to that. Hopefully he's getting some help from family with finding someone to watch over and guide him.

    Kennard is what you want out of an early-mid-first round pick. Limited upside, but a known quantity. A guy who is a little older than most of the guys drafted today. Some maturity as a man.
     
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    Do you think Kennard will get any minutes? I'd rather him get all the minutes at the 2 behind KCP than SJ.

    How do you find minutes for all of these guys at the 3/4: SJ, Morris, Harris, Leuer, Ellenson?
     
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    I have a feeling that KCP won't be with us for long.

    Bullock will be in rehab for a couple years. Pope may be gone. Hilliard hasn't shown a lot (granted, not a lot of minutes).
     
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    Seems to me another Kyle Singler type of guy. You know how that ended....
     
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    He probably will not be but you can't build a championship team by signing 14-15PPG guys to max contracts. Yea this kid may be the new starter. Seems like a longshot but you never know. I like that he is a bit older.
     
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    I keep hearing this, but it's not accurate. Yes, they're both good outside shooters with limited athletic upside. That's not enough for a legit comparison. The real reason everyone keeps saying Singler is because they're white guys from Duke.

    Kennard is a scorer. He's got outstanding footwork, can get into the lane and create points with a variety of creative moves - that's something that Singler's never done. Kennard has great vision in traffic, and a high basketball IQ. Kennard is better than Singler in every way, but because he's white and can't dunk on an 11' rim he gets the Singler comparison.
     
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    From Bleacher Report:


    1. The Detroit Pistons love them some shooters, regardless of whether they continue to pursue head coach Stan Van Gundy's patented four-out, one-in stratagems. If they keep trying to surround Andre Drummond with floor-spacing threats, they'll need players capable of taking and making threes. And even if they don't, shooting never hurts in today's NBA.

      Enter Luke Kennard.

      The former Duke standout is a solid athlete, even if he doesn't possess the hops that typically go hand-in-hand with lottery wings. His 6'5" wingspan won't help him on the defensive end, either. But so long as he drills triples, the other aspects of his game—smart positional defense and a knack for secondary playmaking are chief among them—won't matter much.

      During his sophomore season for the Blue Devils, Kennard took 5.4 treys per game and connected on 43.8 percent of them. Those are elite numbers, and undergoing slight regression as he adjusts to the NBA's three-point arc will still leave him operating as one of the best shooters Detroit has rostered in quite some time.
     
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    No i actually compared him to Singler because we got the same hype, great shooter, high basketbal iq, needs work on his defense. Kyle never got the chance to really show off his shooting abilities because he was the 5th option on offense. Now with Reggie, you think Kennard will even get the ball to be able to score/shoot?
     
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    I love this pick. Maybe he can have a JJ Redick type impact, even though I think Kennard will be able to shoot off the dribble better.
     

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