Luke Kennard (basketball)

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Luke Kennard
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Kennard with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2022
No. 5 – Los Angeles Clippers
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1996-06-24) June 24, 1996 (age 26)
Franklin, Ohio, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolFranklin (Franklin, Ohio)
CollegeDuke (2015–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2017–present
Career history
20172020Detroit Pistons
2017–2018Grand Rapids Drive
2020–presentLos Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Luke Douglas Kennard (born June 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 12th pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

High school career

Kennard attended Franklin High School in Franklin, Ohio near Dayton. As a senior, he was named the Parade National Player of the Year. He was named the Ohio Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year as junior and senior. He was also a star quarterback in football, and though he shot with his left hand in basketball, he threw with his right hand in football.[1]

Finishing high school, Kennard was one of the most sought after recruits in the nation.[2][3] He was ranked as the No. 24 prospect in his recruiting class by ESPN.[4] Kennard committed to Duke University to play college basketball during his junior year of high school.[5][6][7] He finished his career with the second most points in Ohio history, three spots ahead of LeBron James.[1][8] He was a McDonald's All-American selection.[5]

In 2020, it was announced that Franklin High would retire Kennard's number 10.[9]

College career

Freshman season (2015–2016)

In practice, he frequently matched up against Duke guard Grayson Allen.[5]

On January 6, 2016, Luke scored 23 points in a 91–75 win over Wake Forest.[10] On February 6, 2016, Kennard tallied 26 points in an 88–80 win over NC State.[11] As a freshman at Duke, Kennard averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.[12][13]

Sophomore season (2016–2017)

On November 29, 2016, he scored 20 points in a 78–69 win against Michigan State in ACC–Big Ten Challenge.[14] On December 3, 2016, Kennard scored 35 points in a 94–55 win over Maine.[15] On January 28, 2017, Kennard scored 34 points in an 85–83 win over Wake Forest.[16] On February 11, 2017, Kennard tailed 25 points in a 64–62 victory over Clemson.[17] On March 3, 2017, Luke scored 20 points in a 79–72 victory over Clemson in the second round [18] and scored 24 points in an 81–77 win against Louisville in the quarterfinals of the 2017 ACC Tournament.[19] On March 10, 2017, Kennard scored 20 points in a 93–83 win over rival North Carolina in the semifinals.[20] On March 11, 2017, Kennard tallied 16 points in a 75–69 win against Notre Dame in the ACC Championship game.[21]

During his sophomore year, Luke averaged 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. He led the team both from the three-point range with 43.8% and free throw line at 85.6%. As a sophomore, he was named first team All-ACC and second-team All-American.[22][23]

He finished 1-6 from the field and fouled out in Duke's second round loss to South Carolina in the NCAA tournament.[24] His reaction to the final foul call against him quickly turned into a meme.[25][26]

At the conclusion of his sophomore season, Kennard announced that he would forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NBA draft.[27] He joined Duke teammates Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Frank Jackson in declaring early for the draft.[28]

Professional career

Detroit Pistons (2017–2020)

Kennard with the Pistons in 2019

On June 22, 2017, Kennard was drafted 12th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2017 NBA draft.[29]

He made his NBA debut on October 20, 2017, against the Washington Wizards,[30] scoring 11 points and recording 2 steals in 18 minutes.[31] Kennard started his first NBA game on December 15, 2017, after Avery Bradley suffered a groin injury, scoring 9 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a win against the Indiana Pacers.[32][33] Kennard recorded his first career double-double on January 24, 2018, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.[34][35] On April 11, 2018, Kennard recorded a former career-high 23 points in a 119–87 victory over the Chicago Bulls.[36]

In July 2018, the Pistons announced that Kennard suffered a left knee strain and would miss the 2018 NBA Summer League.[37] On October 26, 2018, Kennard suffered a sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder and would be out for at least two weeks. On December 10, 2018, he recorded a career-high 28 points in a 116–102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. On April 10, 2019, Kennard recorded 27 points in the last game of the regular season, in a 115–89 win over the New York Knicks.[38]

On October 23, 2019, Kennard scored 30 points and 3 rebounds in a 119–110 win over the Indiana Pacers.[39] The season was Kennard's first as a full-time starter for the Pistons, but it was cut short after 28 games due to bilateral knee tendinitis and, subsequently, the suspension of the season due to COVID-19.[40][41]

Los Angeles Clippers (2020–present)

On November 19, 2020, Kennard was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team trade.[42] On March 22, 2021, Kennard posted 20 points on 8-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range coming off the bench, along with seven rebounds, four assists and a block in 18 minutes of action in a 119–110 win over the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the first player in franchise history to log at least 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists with less than 20 minutes of playing time in a game.[43][44] Kennard ultimately missed the Clippers’ final two games of the year with a hamstring injury,[45] both of which were play-in game losses.

Personal life

Kennard briefly dated reality TV star Savannah Chrisley.[46] Kennard confirmed his relationship Anna Castro. Kennard proposed to Anna Castro for marriage on October 17, 2021.[47]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 *  Led the league

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Detroit 73 9 20.0 .443 .415 .855 2.4 1.7 .6 .2 7.6
2018–19 Detroit 60 10 22.8 .438 .394 .836 2.9 1.8 .4 .2 9.7
2019–20 Detroit 28 25 32.9 .442 .399 .893 3.5 4.1 .4 .2 15.8
2020–21 L.A. Clippers 63 17 19.6 .476 .446 .839 2.6 1.7 .4 .1 8.3
2021–22 L.A. Clippers 70 13 27.4 .449 .449* .896 3.3 2.1 .6 .1 11.9
Career 297 74 22.3 .449 .425 .869 2.9 2.0 .5 .1 10.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019 Detroit 4 2 33.2 .489 .600 .833 4.0 1.8 .8 .3 15.0
2021 L.A. Clippers 15 0 14.6 .477 .412 .500 .9 .5 .1 .0 5.6
Career 19 2 18.5 .482 .455 .750 1.6 .7 .3 .1 7.6

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Duke 36 11 26.7 .421 .320 .889 3.6 1.5 .9 .2 11.8
2016–17 Duke 37 36 35.5 .489 .438 .856 5.1 2.5 .8 .4 19.5
Career 73 47 31.1 .455 .379 .873 4.4 2.0 .9 .3 15.7

References

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  8. ^ No. 18 Franklin falls; Luke Kennard finishes No. 2 in scoring in Ohio history
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