The Detroit Pistons, with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, used their selection to help sure up their depth on the wings. Most importantly, the Pistons wanted to add a wing that could serve as a threat on the perimeter to complement their talented and big frontcourt. They seemed to have found the ideal guy in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
While in college, KCP struggled with his efficiency, but he was also playing for a Georgia team where he was the only real threat to score the basketball, allowing defenses to key in on him. What was clear from watching his film is that he has a ton of athleticism which could mean potential in a lot of areas of the floor and a nice shooting-stroke.
That nice shooting-stroke of KCP’s has been on display over the start of his NBA career, but the results haven’t been ideal for the Pistons. On Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, Caldwell-Pope, as a starter, played 23 minutes and ended up with just four points, four rebounds and one assist on just 1-9 shooting and 0-6 three-point shooting.
In his eight games prior to Wednesday night, KCP had been struggling to find a rhythm offensively as well, though not to as staggering of a degree. For the year he’s shooting just 39 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent from three while averaging just 7.9 points per game.
Caldwell-Pope has been solid as a defender, especially for a young player, but his offense hasn’t been on the level that the Pistons or any other team that thought of drafting him would have expected. The ability is there, but the shots aren’t falling. Perhaps he needs to work to get more consistently good looks or maybe he just needs a stroke of fortune. All we have right now is the results thus far and they, simply, aren’t impressive.