Checklist for No. 8 Pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Thrive with Detroit Pistons

July 6th, 2013 by Jakub Rudnik Leave a reply »

Two seasons after the departure of Rip Hamilton, the Detroit Pistons have found their shooting guard of the future in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

The former Georgia Bulldog was one of the best shooters in the draft, averaging 18.5 points on 37 percent from the arc as a sophomore. He will be able to contribute immediately on a team that ranked 22nd in points per game last season.

With the acquisition of forward Josh Smith in free agency, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Pistons will be looking to make a push for the playoffs this season. Caldwell-Pope's ability to contribute will play a big role in their success meeting that goal.

Like every rookie, he is far from a finished product. But because of their offseason moves, he has the opportunity to be one of the few first-year players starting for a playoff-caliber team. If he can prove that he's ready for the NBA game immediately, he'll be on the short list of candidates for Rookie of the Year.


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