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Luke Kennard
Luke Kennard
Position: G
Born: 06/24/96
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:202 lbs. / 91.6 kg.
Salary: $3,275,280
JLEIII: When you come in as a rookie, you don’t really have the frame of reference to prepare for the rigors of an NBA season. Now that you have a year under your belt, how did you prepare differently than previous years? Luke Kennard: “There were some things I needed to focus on a little more. I definitely changed some of my workout routines to specifically work on the things I needed to work on. I worked on my shot a lot. I want to be a knockdown shooter. Finishing at the rim … the weight room was a big thing. I got a lot stronger.”
JLEIII: When Blake (Griffin) came halfway through the year, from my point of view you guys really built a good relationship early on. For you, going through your first year and getting a guy of that pedigree, did it change your approach to how you go about the game, see the game? Luke Kennard: “When you get a player like that … he’s been in the league a long time. And, obviously, we have Andre (Drummond) and Reggie (Jackson) and some really good players. But we get Blake, and just his approach to different things in the game, you see that and try to follow that a little bit. We definitely built a good relationship when he got here — the entire team did. We were a close team. I think it’s going to carry over into this next season. I really do.”
It’s a natural progression for Kennard, who said Wednesday the position isn’t new to him since he played there in high school during his stellar career at Franklin (Ohio). “I’m comfortable with it,” Kennard said after the Pistons’ session at Thomas & Mack Arena on the UNLV campus. I’ve been working a lot throughout the offseason on my handle, creating plays off pick-and-rolls. Just having the ball in my hands a little more.