Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Set To Be Impact Rookie For Detroit Pistons

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Most Detroit Pistons observers figure that their current roster won’t change with the next three months when the NBA season commences. Right now, based on his Summer League appearances, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope appears ready to make a strong contribution in his rookie season with the Pistons.

In past seasons, the Pistons have usually relied on their No. 1 pick to make a key contribution to the team as Andre Drummond, Brandon Knight and  Greg Monroe have demonstrated.

With Knight and Chauncey Billups in the backcourt as probable starters, Caldwell-Pope is expected to get his minutes from off the bench, which he would prefer in his rookie season. Depending on how he develops, Caldwell-Pope could emerge as the No. 2 shooting guard behind Knight.

Caldwell-Pope started out shaky in the Summer League before settling down and shooting at the percentages expected of him.

In five total summer league contests, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 28.6 minutes per game.  The Pistons are very impressed with his potential and figure he’ll be a key contributor next season.

Caldwell-Pope demonstrated during his college days that he’s an excellent shooter and has a quick release on his jump shot, which is a huge asset for playing against NBA defenses.

A productive season by Caldwell-Pope would simmer down Pistons fans’ frustrations, if it hasn’t already, that Detroit didn’t use its No. 1 pick on Michigan‘s Trey Burke. If Caldwell-Pope would have a poor season and Burke a tremendous one, the heat from the fans toward the Pistons’ team president Joe Dumars could intensify. But that exact scenario seems unlikely right now.

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  • Keith Lucky Lucciano Gastone

    I still think KCP should start. If he is gonna be the SG of the future then start him. Even if Billups averages more minutes, KCP havin that starting role from jump will prepare him better.

    For Example; Harrison Barns with Golden State. He started but didn’t average the same minutes as the other starters. But it prepared him. Once playoffs came, Barns was ready and was looking like the man! Look what he did in summer league. Same needs to be done with KCP.