2013 NBA Draft: Georgia Bulldogs’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Perfect for Minnesota Timberwolves

By Taylor Sturm
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Georgia Bulldogs‘ shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ended the 2012-2013 season as MVP of the SEC and declared early for the NBA draft. Caldwell-Pope is expected to go in the first round of the draft, but there are multiple shooting guards ranked before him or near him. The Minnesota Timberwolves would be the perfect team for Caldwell-Pope, and he should be their pick in the draft.

Caldwell-Pope did spectacular things with the Bulldogs with a not so spectacular cast. He led the team to a few top notch wins last season as well as very close games against the Indiana Hoosiers (who were ranked No.1 most of the season) and the UCLA Bruins. Georgia lost both games, but Caldwell-Pope could only do so much by himself.

The SEC was not one of the top leagues in the country, but they were one of the most competitive and had a lot of players that were (and were expected to be) NBA draft picks. Caldwell-Pope had huge games against some of the projected top picks in the NBA draft and will continue to do so at the next level.

There wasn’t a player in the SEC this season more important to their team, not even Nerlens Noel for the Kentucky Wildcats. Caldwell-Pope was one of the best in the country at turning nothing into some kind of shot opportunity and finishing which is something that will translate extremely well to the NBA game.

The Timberwolves will most likely miss out on Victor Oladipo who figures to be a top 5 pick, but in the long run I believe Caldwell-Pope is a better fit for Minnesota than Oladipo. They need a player capable of creating his own shots off of Ricky Rubio‘s passes, and that is exactly what Caldwell-Pope excels at doing.

Caldwell-Pope may not be as highly rated as he should be because he played for Georgia in a down year, but he is an outstanding basketball player who would be a steal at 9th in the NBA draft. Caldwell-Pope would make an immediate impact and be a perfect fit for the Timberwolves.

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