Kennard tallied five points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds in 17 minutes during Wednesday's 97-91 preseason victory over Oklahoma City.
Kennard came off the bench for Wednesday's clash and did little to adhere himself to a potential starting role. Where he fits in the rotation remains to be seen and will likely remain unclear until opening night. If he can play himself into a 24 plus minute role he could deliver some low-end value across a number of leagues. He is more of a late-round flier at this point but certainly has some upside in his back pocket.
Kennard (knee), according to coach Dwane Casey, was "a go" at camp Tuesday and his conditioning "was fine", James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Kennard has been recovering from a knee strain since July, but appears to be healthy at the beginning of camp. Kennard saw 20.0 minutes last season as a rookie, and he notably shot 41.5 percent from deep. He should have a crack at a starting role this season.
Kennard (knee) will likely be limited to begin training camp, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Kennard has been battling a knee strain since early July, and while the Pistons are encouraged that it won't be a long-term issue, the expectation is that he won't be cleared for full-contact right way. Nonetheless, Kennard should be ready when opening night rolls around.
While the injury is reportedly "nothing serious", the Pistons will opt to play it safe with last year's No. 12 overall pick. He'll presumably be healthy by the time training camp rolls around, where he'll have the opportunity to fight for the starting shooting guard spot.
Kennard is coming off a rookie season where he averaged 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 20.0 minutes. His biggest contribution came as a three-point shooter, however, hitting 1.1 deep balls per game at an impressive 41.5 percent clip. Despite the solid showing in his first year, the Pistons want to get him some run in the summer league, specifically to try Kennard out at point guard. That suggests Detroit wants to develop his ball-handling and play making skills a bit more and summer league provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with a young player.
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