The Detroit Pistons selected sharpshooter Luke Kennard with the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Kennard was perhaps the most dangerous 3-point shooter in the draft, hitting 43.8 percent at Duke on 5.4 attempts per game and had a 63.5 true shooting percentage.
The Pistons fielded one of the least efficient offenses in the NBA last offseason and Kennard obviously helps solidify their attack on the perimeter.
But the move is not without its risks. Kennard is a major defensive liability and his lack of defensive indicators, including a 6-foot-5 wingspan, mean he might not be able to keep up at the next level on either end of the floor. Harder to get a good shot off and nearly impossible to defend others.
Donovan Mitchell, who projects well as a defender, was still on the board and he could have filled the same guard spot. He would have been a lesser offensive player but much better defender with a crazy 6-foot-10 wingspan. He is obviously not an easy player to pass up, even if he, too is no slam dunk.
In defense of the pick, I will say that when you look at Kennard on offense he’s a dangerous 3-point threat, but he’s so much more than that. He has a decent handle and can score ugly. By that I mean he can use extremely limited space, square up and score the basket.
He also might be able to see minutes right away as an offensive release valve off the bench in Detroit. What do you think of the pick?
How would you grade the Detroit Pistons’ selection of Luke Kennard?
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