2013 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Solidify Backcourt With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, KCP as we will call him, will become a member of the Detroit Pistons. With the no. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Pistons selected the shooting guard out of the University of Georgia. If this pick says one thing, it is that Pistons management have a ton of faith in Brandon Knight as their starting point guard.
Leading up to the draft, rumors were swirling that the Pistons would go with Trey Burke or Michael Carter Williams with this pick and move Knight to the shooting guard. Now that they have drafted KCP, their backcourt will be set with Knight running the point for years to come.
In Caldwell-Pope, the Pistons are getting a bona fide scorer. He averaged 18.5 points per game and shot 43 percent. He also pulled down 7.1 rebounds and his 6-foot-5 frame makes him very versatile on the defensive end. KCP also poured in 37 percent of his three pointers. He can put the ball in the basket, which is something the Pistons really did need.
They are already stellar upfront with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. They now have filled their shooting guard position to go along with Kyle Singler and Knight. In terms of the pick itself, I think KCP is a very solid player and I think he can score the basketball at the next level. However, I question the pick in the sense that I don’t think Knight will ever be a standout NBA point guard; I see him more as a shooting guard.
Either way you look at it, the Pistons solidified their backcourt, and their starting five is now set for the next handful of years.