Pistons’ Luke Kennard out 3-4 weeks with separated shoulder
Detroit Pistons shooting guard Luke Kennard will miss three to four weeks with a separated shoulder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pistons officially annnounced Friday that Kennard will be re-evaluated in two weeks with an AC joint sprain.
Kennard has been seldom deployed by new coach Dwane Casey, mainly utilized as a long-range weapon to space out the floor. The lefty out of Duke is coming out of a 4-of-4 performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers to help the Pistons to a 4-0 record to start the season.
While this is a blow for the Pistons’ all-around depth, it should result in added minutes for swingman Glenn Robinson III and shooting guard Langston Galloway, backing up starter Reggie Bullock.
Kennard put up 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a 20-minute-per-game cog off the bench for Stan Van Gundy, but has seen his role slightly reduced under the Pistons’ new regime to 14.3 minutes per game.
The 22-year-old Duke product started the Pistons’ season opener against the Brooklyn Nets after Bullock missed the game with an illness.
Luke Kennard is averaging 5.7 points and 1.7 rebounds on this young season. He’s shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3 in his limited minutes.