Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Hurting Detroit Pistons With Cold Shooting

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is giving the Detroit Pistons lots of minutes and, for an NBA rookie, he isn’t playing too badly in the early portions of the season.

But just imagine what he would do if he could make his shots.

Caldwell-Pope saw 29.5 minutes of action in the Pistons’ 92-86 victory over the New York Knicks Tuesday. He was 4-of-12 from the floor, but didn’t shoot too badly from the three-point area with a 3-of-7 clip and was 2-of-2 from the charity stripe Tuesday night. He was attacking the basket a little better than he did in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The Pistons had high hopes for Caldwell-Pope when they bypassed Michigan‘s Trey Burke in the draft to make this move. It’s not surprising he’s had shooting problems since the Pistons discovered that in summer ball. He eventually showed some improvement during the summer and in the preseason. But now when games count, the Pistons need to get better shooting from their point guard, who has been starting in recent games.

The Pistons have been struggling to get consistent production from their point guards. The jury is still out on if Caldwell-Pope is the answer.

After the first seven games he’s played, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 18.1 minutes, 7.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. His field goal shooting of 40.4 percent from the floor isn’t that bad, but his .267 percentage from the three-point area obviously needs improvement. He’s shooting 88.9 percent in free-throws which definitely makes him a player the Pistons would like to see have his hands on the ball late in the game.

 

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