Luke Kennard of the Detroit Pistons is an American professional basketball player who has a very promising future in the NBA. Kennard is known for playing college basketball with the Duke Blue Devils and has proven his skills time and time again, having won many prestigious titles from his high school days through college.
He gave up his junior and senior years in college to enter the NBA in 2017, and as expected for such a talented player, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons. Kennard proved to many that he has what it takes to be a professional player when he had a very successful season with the Detroit Pistons, who ESPN analyst Jay Williams considers one of the fastest shooters in the NBA league.
Luke Kennard Early Life
The NBA player was born on June 24, 1996, in Middletown under the full name Luke Douglas Kennard and is said to have gone to Franklin High School in Ohio, where he was an active member of his school’s basketball team. Luke Kennard’s skill in his game during his time at Franklin High earned him the title of Ohio Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year twice, first in his junior year and later in his senior year.
After high school, he went to Duke University, where he continues to shine in his career, having reportedly scored 11.8, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a single game in his freshman year. His second year was an improvement over his first year, when Kennard scored 19.5 average total points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in one game, earning him the first-team All-ACC title.
NBA Career At Detriot Piston
Due to the success of his college career, Luke Kennard announced that he would give up his last two years of college and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, which turned out to be a step in the right direction as he was drafted by Detroit Pistons in 12th place overall. On October 20, 2017, he made his NBA debut against the Washington Wizards, scoring 11 points and scoring 2 steals within 18 minutes from the bench.
In the same year, Luke Kennard recorded his first career start against the Indiana Pacers on December 15, 2017, in which he also scored 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in their winning game. In 2018 the player made his first double career in January when he scored 10 points and made 10 rebounds, and in April 2018 he reached his career peak with 23 points.
It is known that Kennard has done his best in his professional career to date in his games for the Detriot Pistons, but at the end of the season, the player revealed that he needed to increase his strength during the games to be an excellent defender. His good qualities were also highlighted, including his high basketball ratio, which is reflected in the way he handles breaks and grips, and analysts pointed out that his offensive skills will also improve next season as he continues to improve.
ESPN’s Jay Williams praised the Piston player highly, praising Kennard’s ability to play, dribble and make precise shots, which he says makes him one of the fastest shooters in the NBA today.
More Facts About Luke Kennard
Kennard is the number 2 in Ohio state history as an athlete who finished his high school career with 2,977 points, making him a coveted college recruit.
The NBA star has been named Mr. Basketball twice in the state of Ohio.
Duke University included Kennard among its top 25 recruits.
He is said to have played in 73 games for his college team, the Blue Devils, in which he earned the title of All-ACC and MVP of ACC.
During a mock draft conducted through NBA.com, it was predicted that Kennard would play for the Denver Nuggets as No. 13, but the survey also predicted that he would finish 12th in the Detroit Pistons, and the latter turned out to be true as he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2017 NBA draft.