Luke Kornet

Luke Kornet

27-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Kornet will return to Boston for the upcoming season, playing as a backup center option behind Robert Williams and Al Horford. While he has flashed small amounts of upside throughout his career, his trajectory has been trending in the wrong direction since the 2018-19 season in which he ended as the 190th-ranked player. Since that time, he has failed to crack the top 300, a range that feels applicable once again this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.55 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Luke Francis Kornet was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1995 to Frank and Tracy Kornet. Before his junior year at Liberty Christian School, Kornet stood at 6-foot-3. After his senior season, he measured 6-foot-10. Kornet turned a solid final campaign into a commitment to play college ball at Vanderbilt and follow in his father's footsteps. He also participated in golf in high school and lists that as one of his favorite hobbies. You can follow Kornet on Twitter (@bigshin32) and Instagram (@luke_kornet). Kornet was a second-generation star for Vanderbilt. His father, Frank, played for the Commodores from 1985 to 1989 before becoming a second-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks. At 7-foot-1, Kornet is taller than his father and worked his way up the depth chart in four years in Nashville. As a freshman, he started two games and appeared in 28 others on his way to averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds. He doubled his scoring averaging as a sophomore in which he provided 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Kornet hit a career-high 40 percent of his three-pointers in his second season. He started 25 games as a junior and supplied a triple-double in a January win over Auburn with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. It was just the second triple-double in school history. The stretch center averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks to lead the SEC. Kornet started all 35 games a senior and took a major role in the Friar offense for new coach Bryce Drew. He scored 13.2 points and added 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He had five double-doubles and helped the Commodores advance to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Northwestern in the first round.

Nudges double-double in win
CBoston Celtics
November 28, 2022
Kornet had nine points (4-4 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds and one block over 18 minutes during Monday's 140-105 victory over the Hornets.
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Kornet was one of a number of fringe players who saw an increase in playing time Monday, slotting in as the game descended into garbage time. While Kornet does have a somewhat intriguing fantasy game, his role is typically reliant on the production of others as well as the nature of the game itself. Outside of some periodic streaming appeal, he can safely be left on the wire in most formats.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Luke Kornet
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25 days ago
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Stuck in walking boot
CChicago Bulls
February 23, 2020
Kornet was on crutches and wearing a protective boot Saturday as he recovers from an ankle injury, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
ANALYSIS
The third-year center sprained his ankle during practice Friday. Kornet will almost certainly miss Sunday's game as well as Saturday's, and as yet there's no timetable for his potential return.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kornet saw his 2019-20 season cut short even before the COVID-19 pandemic paused play, as the third-year big man was beset by a serious left ankle sprain in late February. Prior to that development, Kornet averaged 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds across 15.5 minutes over 36 games. Kornet struggled significantly as a shooter from in front of the arc during the 2018-19 campaign with an unsightly 41.1 percent success rate, but he bounced back last season to shoot a career-high 43.9 percent overall, including 64.6 percent from two-point range. Conversely, the 7-foot-1 Kornet had been a strong three-point shooter during his first pair of pro seasons before slumping to 28.7 percent shooting from distance in 2019-20, and he may have limited opportunities to bounce back in the coming campaign with Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Feliciano likely ahead of him on the depth chart behind Wendell Carter.
Kornet saw some minor improvement in his second NBA season with the Knicks last year, averaging 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 17.0 minutes per game. Due to injury, he ended up making just 46 appearances with New York, but 18 of those were starts. In those starts, Kornet's averages were boosted to 11.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.7 minutes per contest. Kornet is primarily a floor spacer on offense, as he shot an impressive 36.3 percent from behind the arc last season on 4.2 attempts per game. In Chicago, he may have a hard time coming across consistent playing time with the team likely looking to see everything it can out of its young frontcourt. With Wendell Carter and Lauri Markkanen locked in as starters, Kornet will likely be behind veteran Thaddeus Young and rookie Daniel Gafford in the rotation. However, despite having young careers, Carter and Markkanen already have their own injury histories, so Kornet does give the Bulls a fairly reliable reserve option should either miss time.
After going undrafted out of Vanderbilt, Kornet spent the 2017-18 campaign on a two-way deal with the Knicks. He saw action in just 20 games with New York at the NBA level, averaging 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 three-pointers across 16.4 minutes. However, he did dominate in 36 G-League games, finishing with 16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 blocks and 2.5 three-pointers across 32.4 minutes. That strong play and solid offseason prompted the Knicks to bring him back on standard contract for the upcoming year. Kornet is expected to slot in as depth in the frontcourt, providing a floor-stretching big that can hit the deep ball. He could see some decent run early on in the season with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) expected to miss at least the first few months, though that doesn't mean he'll be a viable option in Fantasy leagues. The Knicks also brought in Noah Vonleh and Mitchell Robinson this offseason, who could push Kornet for minutes at the position.
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Strong rebounding performance
CBoston Celtics
November 11, 2022
Kornet ended with eight points (4-8 FG), seven rebounds, one assist and one block across 13 minutes during Friday's 131-112 victory over Denver.
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Officially available Wednesday
CBoston Celtics
November 9, 2022
Kornet (personal) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Not listed on injury report
CBoston Celtics
November 8, 2022
Kornet (personal) is not listed on Boston's injury report ahead of Wednesday's matchup against Detroit.
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Sitting out Monday
CBoston Celtics
Personal
November 6, 2022
Kornet (personal) won't play Monday in Memphis.
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Out Saturday for personal reasons
CBoston Celtics
Personal
November 5, 2022
Kornet is out Saturday at New York due to personal reasons, Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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