2013 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Select Kentavious Caldwell-Pope With No. 8 Pick

With the eight overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

 

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-6

Position: Shooting Guard

School/Country: Georgia


About the Prospect: Coming out of high school, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was one of the more highly-regarded recruits bursting onto the college scene. In two years at Georgia, the team struggled collectively, but Caldwell-Pope has continued to make make strides as an NBA prospect. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has great size and good athleticism that allows him to score the basketball in a variety of ways. Caldwell-Pope is a great back court addition.


About His Impact on Team: The Pistons decided to pass on hometown hero Trey Burke because of Caldwell Pope’s uncanny athletic ability. A under-the-radar prospect for the most part, Pope can give Detroit a knock-down shooter who can crash the boards and shoot the ball exceptionally well. Ever since Richard Hamilton left town the Pistons have been in dire need of a scorer and Pope fills that void perfectly. The issue with Pope is not speed, but the shooting guard will have to work on his ball handling skills if he hopes to stay on the floor with last years first-round pick for Detroit Brandon Knight. This backcourt could wind up being one of the best in the league, but Caldwell-Pope was a clutch player at the collegiate level and hopefully he can bring his timely shooting to the professional game.

 

To learn more about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, check out his prospect profile by clicking HERE.

 

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