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What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:41 pm
by Han Solo
With shooting still at an absolute premium in this league, what is Luke Kennard’s ceiling? What is he going to be to this team this upcoming year too?

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Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:47 pm
by Snakebites
JJ Reddick

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:49 pm
by vege
At the end of his rookie season he was killing it, scoring 20ppg the last 5 games or so, and this season he was excellent during the playoffs, the problem is early in the season he was completely lost and with 0 confidence, so I honestly don't know what to expect from him, if he is the player we've seen at the end of his first 2 seasons, he could be an well above average starter, if he is the full season kennard, he is an below average bench player.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:13 pm
by El Chivo
Ginobili lite who can't get to the rim

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:33 pm
by potatoaim
vege wrote:At the end of his rookie season he was killing it, scoring 20ppg the last 5 games or so, and this season he was excellent during the playoffs, the problem is early in the season he was completely lost and with 0 confidence, so I honestly don't know what to expect from him, if he is the player we've seen at the end of his first 2 seasons, he could be an well above average starter, if he is the full season kennard, he is an below average bench player.



I wonder how much of his early season problems can be attributed to the offseason knee injury he had. He spent the majority of the offseason rehabbing, which no doubt set him back.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:40 pm
by edmunder_prc
Unknown, still has so much work to do and needs to keep up his confidence.

He could be a really great player if he put it all together. JJ Reddick plus playmaking. Whoever that is.

Hes not likely to hit that mark just based on how these things go. Few players reach their ceilings.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:56 pm
by DetroitPistons
potatoaim wrote:
vege wrote:At the end of his rookie season he was killing it, scoring 20ppg the last 5 games or so, and this season he was excellent during the playoffs, the problem is early in the season he was completely lost and with 0 confidence, so I honestly don't know what to expect from him, if he is the player we've seen at the end of his first 2 seasons, he could be an well above average starter, if he is the full season kennard, he is an below average bench player.



I wonder how much of his early season problems can be attributed to the offseason knee injury he had. He spent the majority of the offseason rehabbing, which no doubt set him back.


He also was out with a sprained shoulder right after that too. I'm not worried at all about him. He can be the next Reddick.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:15 pm
by Spider156
Snakebites wrote:JJ Reddick

I do like this comparison and it's very good! It tells you Kennard can start for a championship team like Reddick can and that's absolutely worth paying for. For me personally though I see Kennard having better handles than Reddick. I can see him being more of a ball handler. I think for Kennard it's just a matter of getting stronger from now on. I think he's got a great 1-2 dribble and elbow shot. He's great coming off the screen and spot up shooting. Only thing I don't see him doing is playing the pick and roll, I don't believe he'll have the first step needed to beat the best guard defenders in the pick and roll and of course iso ball. Kennard can be a 3rd option offensively for a contending team. I believe the only thing keeping him away from reaching his potential is strength and he's shown he can keep up in the Playoffs so there's no big issue from what I can see. Only question is can he become Dragic or Ginobli? Probably not. Ball handling is the hardest thing to do in the league next to shooting. There are more shooters than ball handlers...

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:20 pm
by Neptune
Trade bait! Not a bit of Piston blood in him.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:30 pm
by mattao313
I dont really see the Reddick comparison. I think he could be a 15pt scorer in the right situation though. I think he is closer to Marco Belinelli in play style.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:39 pm
by Spider156
mattao313 wrote:I dont really see the Reddick comparison. I think he could be a 15pt scorer in the right situation though. I think he is closer to Marco Belinelli in play style.

I like that comparison too. Belinelli can be a starter on a contending team too. I definitely think we should keep Kennard here.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:18 am
by King Bugs
When we drafted Kennard, I was hoping he'd be something like Chandler Parsons before his knees went out.

Since he's content with being in the background, Luke's ceiling is likely "situational 3 point shooting bench player". He's swaggerless, he doesn't carry himself in a way that makes me feel that he wants to be great.

I just don't see it for him.

Re: What is Luke Kennard’s ceiling?

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:26 am
by thesack12
Not high.

Kennard scored 5 points or less in 22 out of the 63 games he played last season. So 1/3 of the time, he contributed next to nothing. His shooting percentages came down across the board last season. He's also allergic to drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line.

Luke Kennard is a more decorated Anthony Morrow.