At first glance, it looks as if Detroit may have had greater needs than a perimeter shooter, which is what they got in Duke’s Luke Kennard. However, Kennard was one of the best shooters in the NCAA last season, and is far from one-dimensional. Kennard has experience running the point, and is both physically and mentally tough.
Kennard was sought after by many teams needing a boost in scoring, especially from the three-point arc. Kennard has the ability to be a real play-maker in the NBA, and should be a solid fit for this Detroit squad that was one of the worst shooting teams in the league.
This 6’6″ shooting guard will be an ideal fit for a Detroit squad looking to pick up the pieces from yet another failed season. Kennard was in double figures in 35 of 37 Duke’s games this past season, and went over the 20 point margin over 19 times.
Overall, the grading on this draft pick has been largely positive for the sharp shooter from Duke University. Kennard has has deadly ability in catch and shoot off of screens and create his own shot, when needed. This guard, with only two college seasons under his belt, is more than ready for the next challenge: The NBA stage.