4 Grizzlies who improved their trade value in 2023

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Memphis Grizzlies, Luke Kennard
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Luke Kennard, SG

Luke Kennard was drafted 12th overall by the Detroit Pistons in 2017, and while he hasn’t lived up to the expectations placed on him by his stellar Duke career, he’s certainly found his niche in the trigger-happy NBA of today. In his first five years in the league with the Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers, Kennard averaged 10 points per game on 43 percent shooting from deep.

Kennard led the league in three-point percentage last year with the Clippers (45 percent) and was shooting the same percentage for 35 games with them this year prior to his deadline move to Memphis. In Kennard’s 24 regular season games in Grind City, he scored 11.3 points per game while reaching the elusive 50/40/90 shooting line, including an insane 10-for-11 night from three-point range in March.

With the Grizzlies he was completely unconscious from downtown, nailing 3.1 a game at an eye-popping 54 percent clip. That scorching run helped him finish the total season at 49 percent from deep, which once again led the league and set a record for highest three-point percentage for players shooting 4+ triples a game. There isn’t a team in the NBA that wouldn’t be drooling over a bench shooter as reliable as that.