The Pistons improved, but not for fantasy owners
October 16, 2019, 6:01 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard (knee) and Derrick Rose (undisclosed) will not play in Wednesday's preseason finale vs. the Hornets while Markieff Morris (illness) will be available.
Preseason is a time of caution. None of these injuries are believed to be serious so expect Kennard and Rose to play in the season opener. Morris will likely play limited minutes in tonight's preseason finale.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
October 16, 2019, 5:53 pmReggie JacksonPG, Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson (back), Luke Kennard (knee) and Markieff Morris (illness) are all questionable for Wednesday's preseason matchup vs. the Hornets.
The Pistons are likely exercising caution while the games don't matter. They will be ready once the regular season rolls around. Monitor their status ahead of tip-off for DFS lineups.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 15, 2019, 9:46 pmTony SnellSG, Detroit Pistons
Following up a zero-point performance, Tony Snell went for 17 points (6-for-11 FGs, 3-for-3 FTs), two rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes vs. the Sixers on Tuesday.
Snell may be the Pistons starting small forward, but games like this will be rare. There are many better options to stream for 1.5 threes per game. Luke Kennard had a decent game with 11 points, three boards, three dimes and two treys in 23 minutes.
October 9, 2019, 11:11 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard scored 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting including five threes, four rebounds, two assists and a steal as the Pistons beat the Mavs on Wednesday.
With it being recently reported that head coach Dwane Casey is still trying to figure out Kennard's role, it was an excellent time for the third-year wing to explode from deep. Kennard projects to be an efficient source of points and threes this season.
October 2, 2019, 9:44 amLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Pistons coach Dwane Casey is pondering the right role for Luke Kennard and even though the decision hasn’t been made yet, the Pistons are likely to bring him off the bench.
Kennard has established himself as an elite shooter and he posted better field goal, 3-point and true shooting percentages as a reserve last season. He also had a higher usage rate coming off the bench, an indicator that he received more action as a reserve. The Pistons have a gaping hole at the small forward position while their roster is not that deep so Kennard should be able to see 25-30 minutes even if he’s coming off the bench. He is an interesting flier in the later rounds of drafts.
Source: Detroit Free Press
September 26, 2019, 3:53 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard (knee) will be fully ready for training camp.
Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis over the course of the summer but to our knowledge it didn't throw a wrench into his offseason plans. It looks like Kennard will either start or lead the offense in the second unit, so he's certainly in late-round flier territory for fantasy managers.
Source: The Athletic
September 19, 2019, 3:03 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.
In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.
April 22, 2019, 11:45 pmLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard came off the bench on Monday night and scored just 11 points with one triple in 32 minutes.
Kennard had a pair of four-trey games to start the series, but he was mostly invisible in this one. There's still reason for optimism when Kennard enters his third season with the Pistons, especially if he can secure a consistant starting role.
April 20, 2019, 10:42 pmLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard played 37 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Bucks, finishing with 9 points (4-of-9 from the field), seven rebounds and two assists.
It was weird to see a 3-point specialist not even attempt a single shot from beyond the arc. The Pistons need every support they could get outside Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond if they want to avoid a sweep from the Bucks. If Kennard continues to play like this, then it's easy to say that their next game will be their last for the year.
April 17, 2019, 10:30 pmLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard started in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Bucks, finishing with 19 points (6-of-13 from the field), four 3-pointers, four rebounds and a steal in 33 minutes.
Kennard lead the Pistons in scoring for the second straight game, and really seems like he's the only player capable of getting his own shot. This series is over, but if there can be one positive taken away for Detroit its that Kennard has really shown progression in his second season, and should continue to as he heads into his third.
April 17, 2019, 7:40 pmLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, sending Bruce Brown to the bench.
Kennard was the only guy who was able to get his own shot in the last one, so it's possible that he could be relied on a lot in this game game with Blake Griffin ruled out.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
April 14, 2019, 10:10 pmLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard scored a team-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, adding four rebounds, four treys and two assists in Sunday night's 86-121 loss in Game 1 against the Bucks.
Kennard played 28 minutes off the bench and was the only Piston to show up to play against the Bucks. Kennard is considered by some to be the X-factor for the Pistons in this series and has shown effectiveness all season when given minutes. The Pistons will be looking for more of the same from Kennard going forward in the series.
April 11, 2019, 12:57 amLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard ended the season with a bang, dropping 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting (four 3s) with five rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes on Wednesday.
The sophomore was a revelation this season, taking a big leap post-All-Star break to become, on and off, a reliable source of threes and points without getting mugged in the field goal percentage category. He's a player to watch come 2019-20 with a game in the underrated Joe Harris mold of being an efficient contributor on offense. Don't let his 235/230 8/9-cat per-game values lull you into sleeping on him in 2019-20. Kennard, if given the opportunity will be a player who can exceed pre-draft expectations as one of 2018-19's more subdued breakout performers.
April 7, 2019, 9:13 pmLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard (right foot soreness) played on Sunday and posted seven points, five rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes of action.
Kennard was listed as probable but the Pistons didn't update his status prior to tipoff. He outplayed Langston Galloway (17 minutes) today and if those two are going to be fairly equal in terms of playing time, neither will be worth your time outside of deep leagues.