3. Luke Kennard
Coming into the season, Luke Kennard was viewed by many as being in line for a tremendous 2023-24.
Considering how well he produced after being acquired mid-way through last year’s campaign, posting averages of 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on 54.0 percent shooting from deep, with a full summer and training camp to get even more acclimated to the Grizzlies’ scheme there were a slew of people who believed the 27-year-old sniper could even find himself in the running for some prestigious league-issued awards come year’s end.
Fast forward to present day, however, and the play of Kennard has been wildly underwhelming and, frankly, quite starting.
Dating back to the beginning of the preseason, the sharpshooter has converted on a miserable five of his 31 attempts from distance and, to this point, is averaging just 3.0 points, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 rebounds on a wildly inefficient 7.1 percent shooting from the field (yes, you read that right).
Now, with 77 games remaining on the regular season docket, there’s still ample time for the 27-year-old to climb out of this nauseating rut. However, with the way things seem to be trending for the Grizzlies, said climb may come at a time when it’s a bit too late.
Throughout the summer, there were a plethora of hypothetical trades constructed that involved Zach Kleiman and company using Kennard’s $14.7 million salary to pry away a higher-priced outsourced talent to, in theory, better bolster and fill out coach Jenkins’ rotation.
Should his production continue to be this underwhelming, one should expect his name to be mentioned heavily on the trade block.