Video: Pistons’ Luke Kennard throws no-look alley-oop pass to Thon Maker
Detroit Pistons wing Luke Kennard is known for his shooting prowess, not his no-look passing ability. But during Sunday’s win over the Toronto Raptors, Kennard broke out a new trick, even if it did seemingly come as a last-ditch resort to teammate Thon Maker.
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Maker soared through the air for the jam, not only giving himself a highlight dunk but also bailing out Kennard from making a wild pass. All’s well that ends well, in this case.
That dish was one of three assists from Kennard on the day, who logged 28 minutes but got up just a single shot, a new season low. He has gone a combined 4-for-19 from long range over the past four games, not normally reticent to shying away from shot opportunities. Even Maker, who stands 7-foot-1 and entered the game shooting 30.3 percent from deep, got up three looks from deep in the win.
Detroit added the 22-year-old Maker to the fold in a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this season and he has averaged 4.9 points per game across 16 contests since the deal. He has scuffled to the tune of 36.1 percent shooting from the floor overall, but throwing down lobs at the rim is a great way to boost the shooting percentage.
The Pistons have now won seven of their last nine games and are cruising towards a postseason berth. Once there, they’ll need a capable bench unit if they’re to pitch a first-round upset, with Kennard and Maker likely keying the way for that second unit.