Franklin Wildcat Luke Kennard Traded to Memphis ahead of NBA Trade Deadline
Luke Kennard was recently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, marking a new chapter in his NBA career. Kennard, who was originally drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2017, spent three and a half seasons with the Pistons before being traded to the Clippers and now to Memphis. In Detroit, Kennard established himself as a scoring threat from beyond the arc, with a career average of 37.3% from three-point range. The trade to Memphis gives Kennard the opportunity to continue his development as a player, and to contribute to the Grizzlies’ on-court success.
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In Memphis, Kennard will join a talented roster that includes young stars Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. The Grizzlies have been one of the league’s most improved teams in recent years, and have a strong foundation in place to continue their ascent in the Western Conference. With Kennard’s shooting ability, he figures to play a key role in spreading the floor for Morant and Jackson, creating more space for the Grizzlies’ dynamic duo to operate. Kennard’s addition to the team is expected to help the Grizzlies continue their upward trajectory and make a push for a playoff spot.
Before making a name for himself in the NBA, Luke Kennard was a star at Franklin High School in Ohio. Kennard was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school, earning numerous accolades and recognition for his basketball skills. He was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2015, after averaging an impressive 38.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game as a senior. In addition to his state award, Kennard was also named a McDonald’s All-American and a First Team All-State selection. His high school success established Kennard as a top prospect and paved the way for his successful college career at Duke University and eventually his professional career in the NBA.