Future Watch: Luke Kennard Rookie Basketball Cards, Pistons – Just this week, the Detroit Pistons kicked off the NBA mid-season trading frenzy. With just under two weeks before the deadline, Detroit made a blockbuster move for Blake Griffin. In order to complete the trade, team coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy had to surrender multiple players and draft picks. This move gives current bench players and rookies a chance to shine and develop down the stretch. One rookie looking to get a significant increase in minutes is Shooting Guard Luke Kennard.
Fans of Ohio high school basketball are well aware of Kennard’s game. He attended Franklin High School in Franklin, OH. In his senior season, he was named National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine. He was also named the Ohio Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year in his junior and senior seasons. Kennard wrapped up his prep career with the second most points in Ohio history. It came as no surprise that he would commit to play for Duke University.
In his freshman season for the Blue Devils, Kennard averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He elevated those number across the board in his sophomore season. His 43.8% shooting rate from behind the arc led the team, and he was named first team All-ACC. At the end of his second season at Duke, Kennard declared his eligibility for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Kennard was drafted 12th overall by the Pistons. Scouts praised the 6’5” shooting guard’s abilities among a talented crop of prospects. From DraftExpress:
“One of the most skilled guards in the draft, Kennard exploded as a sophomore, averaging 19.5 points per game in the ACC, while proving his value playing both on and off the ball. A versatile shot maker who’s not afraid of the moment, Kennard is best suited in a system where he’s not going to be stuck in the corner waiting for catch and shoot opportunities, but rather running off screens (thanks to his ability to make catch and shoot jumpers, pull-ups, floaters and utilize his vision off of in-downs) and playing out of second side pick and roll, functioning more as a combo guard.”
The departure of shooting guard Avery Bradley in the Blake Griffin trade should open up more minutes for Kennard down the stretch. So far this season, he’s averaging 18.3 minutes per game. His 42.6% shooting rate from downtown is currently third best on the team. The modern NBA greatly values three-point shooting, and if he can carve out a role as a safety valve for Blake Griffin to pass to from a double-team, Kennard will thrive. As a former Duke Blue Devil, there will already be interest in his collegiate cards. Now it’s time for NBA collectors to take notice.
Luke Kennard already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Kennard in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Luke Kennard Rookie Basketball Cards, Pistons – Other Resources
- NBA.com Player Profile – Luke Kennard
- Luke Kennard – Secondary Market Pricing
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
Future Watch: Luke Kennard Rookie Basketball Cards, Pistons – Image Gallery
Here’s a look at cards featuring Luke Kennard in his Detroit Pistons uniform.
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