Duke basketball guard leaves franchise as best ever 3-point shooter

Former Duke basketball standouts Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball standouts Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

A Duke basketball guard that is best 3-point shooter in his franchise’s history has been traded. 

Fans of the Duke basketball program know how elite of a shooter Luke Kennard is and so do supporters of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Perhaps the leaders of the Clippers organization do not know how prolific Kennard is beyond the arc.

Los Angeles traded the former Blue Devil to the Memphis Grizzlies, according to multiple reports, on Thursday afternoon moments before the NBA Trading Deadline.

Kennard’s career as a member of the Clippers ends with him being the all-time leader in 3-point percentage (44.8-percent) yet only averaged 9.7 points per game with the organization after posting 9.8 points per contest with the Detroit Pistons.

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The deal was apart of a three-team exchange in which the Clippers received Houston Rockets veteran Eric Gordon getting three second-round picks from the Grizzlies.

The Houston Rockets, the other team in the trade, added Clippers point guard John Wall and the right to swap this year’s Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick with the Clippers’ first-round pick.

Wall is expected to be bought out by the Rockets, already one of his former teams.

Duke basketball sharpshooter expected to make major impact

Memphis is desperately looking for shooting help as one of the worst teams jump shooting team in the NBA and Luke Kennard should be the perfect fit for the Western Conference contenders.

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Since the start of the 2021-2022 season, 99 NBA players have attempted at least 500 3-point attempts and it’s Luke Kennard who leads the group by connecting on 44.9-percent of those triples, according to Shawn Coleman.

Kennard is also inside the Top-5 in the NBA of 3-point percentage this season.

Luke Kennard now joins former Blue Devil point guard Tyus Jones in Memphis as the Grizzlies boast the second best record in the Western Conference and trail the Denver Nuggets by four and a half games for the top seed.

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