Derrick Rose claims Luke Kennard ‘still doesn’t know how good he is’
Rose and Kennard are the two leaders of the Pistons’ bench and took over Detroit’s second preseason game on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.
Kennard and Rose each scored 11 second-half points, helping the Pistons erase a double-digit deficit and win by a final score of 124-117.
“Luke still doesn’t know how good he is,” Rose said, via Pistons.com. “I’ve just got to keep feeding him and building his confidence. He already has that, but that’s what I’m here for – to try to elevate guys.”
Last season, Kennard struggled with injuries and didn’t really get into a rhythm for the Pistons after the All-Star break. He played in 63 games during the regular season and put up 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from the 3-point line and 83.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Once he got healthy, Kennard started to play like the guy Detroit envisioned it was getting when they drafted him. Kennard averaged 11.7 points after the All-Star break and put up 15.0 points in the Pistons’ four-game playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor and a staggering 60.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Kennard is already getting a lot of wide-open looks playing alongside Rose, who is a strong driver and attracts double-teams when he puts his head down.