The Pistons' shooting guard and small forward positions remain a point of competition, and Stanley Johnson will draw the start over Kennard on Wednesday. Through three preseason contests, Kennard has averaged 5.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 17.1 minutes.
Kennard will start at shooting guard for Monday's preseason game against the Nets.
Kennard has come off the bench for the bulk of the preseason thus far, so Monday's start suggests he's still battling for a spot in the top unit. Along with Kennard, Reggie Bullock is starting on the wing Monday, though guys like Stanley Johnson and Glenn Robinson are still in consideration for the job as well.
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 put together a solid rookie season with the Pistons last year, posting averages of 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers across 20.0 minutes. With a strong camp, Kennard was expected to be in the running for a starting job, though it will be Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson that will open the preseason as the top two guys on the wing. Considering it's still just the preseason, this isn't guaranteed to be the lineup that's used once the regular season arrives, so Kennard should still have a chance to battle for a top spot over the next few weeks.
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.
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