It took Pistons rookie Luke Kennard just 34 seconds to knock down his first career bucket. But he wasn’t done there.
The young shooter came out lighting things up, scoring nine points in just under five minutes without missing a shot. Kennard would hit one more bucket before finally getting a miss, making all of his first five shots.
A perfect night wasn’t in the cards for Kennard, as he missed his final three shots to finish 5-8 from the field. But it was a solid debut for the rookie, as his defense was also reasonably competent, finishing with a pair of steals.
His playing time seemed to come at the expense of Stanley Johnson, perhaps to give Johnson a break as he has been battling a sore back. Johnson bounced back from an 0-13 shooting night in the opener by making all three of his buckets tonight.
Stan Van Gundy has said that Kennard will be tough to keep on the bench, and he gave a glimpse of why last night.