LA Clippers best breakout candidates next season

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Luke Kennard, LA Clippers
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2. Luke Kennard

On a list filled with players who have seldom had their NBA shining moment, Luke Kennard has already established himself as both a shooter and scorer. Long before Kennard became one of the best shooters in the NBA, leading the entire league in 3-point percentage last season, he was one of Detroit’s most prized possessions.

In just his third season in the NBA, Kennard would go on to average 15.8 points on 39.9% from distance. Yet, despite his efforts, the Detroit Pistons won only 28 games during the 2019-20 season and Kennard would suit up in only 28 of those contests.

Last season, with most of LA’s offensive pieces tending to injuries, Kennard stepped happily into the spotlight. He would go on to average 11.9 points on nearly 45% shooting from 3-point land. Still, regardless of his ability to put the ball in the hoop, Kennard has yet to show that his numbers have a lasting impact on winning.

With the Clippers hoping to lift their first NBA title this upcoming season, Kennard could play a consequential role on a possible championship roster. If the sweet-shooting lefty can make defenders pay for zeroing in on Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Kennard will become LA’s unsung hero all season long.