Luke Kornet
Luke Kornet
25-Year-Old CenterC
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

Set to miss extended time
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 27, 2020
Kornet (ankle) is expected to remain out for the next 6-to-8 weeks.
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The Bulls got more bad news on the injury front Thursday, as further tests revealed that Kornet's sprained left ankle is apparently more severe than initially expected. The six-to-eight-week timetable effectively ends Kornet's season as the Bulls head toward another likely slot in the lottery. Amid injuries to Wendell Carter, Lauri Markkanen and Daniel Gafford, Kornet had been starting in the frontcourt prior to the injury. In 14 consecutive starts from Jan. 17 through Feb. 20. Kornet posted 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 made threes in 22.4 minutes.
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2019

After two seasons with the Knicks, Kornet joined the Chicago Bulls for the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season and appeared in 36 of 65 possible games for the Bulls. The lengthy center started 14 contests and for the season averaged 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 three-pointers across 15.5 minutes per game. He shot a career-high 43.9 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from behind the arc. Arguably his best overall performance of the season occurred Jan. 31 at Brooklyn. Across 28 minutes, Kornet posted 19 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists (with no turnovers), one steal and one block. On Feb. 9, Kornet scored a new career-high 25 points (10-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go with two rebounds and one block during a loss at Philadelphia. Kornet scored double-digit points in eight games, grabbed at least five rebounds in five games and dished out multiple assists in 11 games. He also recorded at least one block in 20 games. In the eight games that Kornet saw at least 24 minutes, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks. An ankle injury forced Kornet to miss the Bulls' last nine games before the March sports stoppage.

2018

Kornet's 2018-19 season with the Knicks was similar to his rookie year in New York. The 7-foot-1 center once again split his time between the G League's Westchester Knicks and the parent club in New York, but this time, he spent more time in the NBA. After playing in 20 games for the Knicks in 2017-18 (while appearing 36 times for Westchester), the Vanderbilt product played in 46 games with New York (and just 11 in the minors) in 2018-19. His per game stats with the parent club were similar to his rookie season, with the exception of his 18 starts. All told, Kornet played 17 minutes per game with averages of 7.0 points, 2.9 boards and 0.9 blocks. On Apr. 1, Kornet scored a career-high 24 points in a home win over the Bulls. Eight days later, Kornet hosted a block party in Chicago, swatting six shot attempts in another win over the Bulls. During that Apr. 9 contest, Kornet delivered his lone double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Kornet's 3-point shooting continued to blossom as well. The big center improved his behind-the-arc shooting to 36.3 percent, draining 1.5 treys per contest.

2017

After a four-year career at Vanderbilt University, Luke Kornet spent most of his 2017-18 rookie campaign in the G League. He played 36 games for the Westchester Knicks, starting in 35 of those. He was later promoted to the NBA and suited up for 20 games with the New York Knicks, serving as an effective presence mostly off the bench. In the G League, Kornet averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks on 48.9 percent shooting. He also shot 44 percent on 3-point attempts. Kornet averaged 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 16.3 minutes per game at the NBA level. He shot 39.2 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. In his NBA debut, the 7-foot-2 big man recorded a double-double, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds. Even more impressive, he also blocked four shots in that contest. Kornet scored in double digits on four other occasions. In the final game of the regular season, he scored a season-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

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Transaction History
  • July 3, 2017
    Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Knicks
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks.
  • July 17, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Out again Tuesday
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 24, 2020
Kornet (ankle) will not play Tuesday against the Thunder.
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Sporting protective boot
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 22, 2020
Kornet (ankle) is utilizing crutches and wearing a protective walking boot Saturday, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Out Saturday
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 22, 2020
Kornet (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's tilt with Phoenix, Tony Gill of NBC Sports reports.
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Listed doubtful
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 21, 2020
Kornet (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against Phoenix.
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Sprains ankle, no timetable
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 21, 2020
Kornet sprained his ankle during Friday's practice and is without a timetable for a return, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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