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.
Kennard had 23 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 119-87 victory over Chicago.
Kennard recorded a career-high 23 points, helping the Pistons to a massive victory over the Bulls. That makes three impressive performances to finish the season and certainly puts him in the discussion for standard league value next season, depending on where he fits into the rotation.
Kennard collected 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 35 minutes in Monday's 108-98 loss to the Raptors.
Kennard will start down the stretch for the Pistons as Reggie Bullock (knee) will remain out for the year. He has averaged 19 points the past two games and looks locked in as the best point-producer for the Pistons to close the season.
The Pistons announced earlier Friday that Reggie Bullock (knee) will be shut down for the remainder of the year, and coach Stan Van Gundy subsequently named Kennard the starter at shooting guard. The rookie has been a key piece in the rotation for nearly the entire season, and he's coming off of a 12-point, four-rebound, two-assist performance in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia.
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