It’s not that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope won’t have a decent season. He very well might, but Siva was so impressive during Summer League basketball that he might emerge as the Pistons’ best first-year player. He has more natural playing ability than Caldwell-Pope. It’s just a matter of being able to unleash that talent at the right time.
Having come from a more national powerhouse program with defending champion Louisville, Siva will bring that heavy desire for winning and the knowledge of getting it done to the Pistons. Caldwell-Pope will have some skills, but so will Siva.
He’s likely to especially impress the Pistons and their opponents with his playmaking and ball-handling skills. He had six turnovers compared to 24 assists in Summer League basketball did not go unnoticed.
He and Caldwell-Pope are both likely to see extensive preseason action with the pressure being more on Siva to earn a roster spot and gain regular-season playing time. Caldwell-Pope, who by virtue of being the No. 1 pick and having had a decent summer, is already the top rookie in the minds of the Pistons brass.
If Siva is given a chance to show his stuff, the Pistons brass and others will realize that he’s probably their best rookie because of how he’s able to have an impact on his other teammates on the court. Siva can be a more valuable player to the team than the Pistons could have imagined.