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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Picked by Detroit Pistons: Scouting Report and Analysis

November 30, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) grabs the ball against the South Florida Bulls during the first half at the Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

With the eighth pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from the University of Georgia.

Here's everything you need to know about Caldwell-Pope.


Physical Tools 

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Caldwell-Pope's physical attributes:

Caldwell-Pope has the ideal physical tools required for the NBA shooting guard position. He's 6'5.5'' with long arms and smooth athleticism.

It wouldn't hurt for him to add weight (204 pounds), which might make life easier for him as a finisher at the rim.

But overall, Caldwell-Pope looks the part physically.


Getting to Know Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Although he's not the most eloquent guy, you can tell Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is confident in his role entering the NBA. He knows that having better talent around him will help his possession-by-possession effectiveness, and he also realizes the effort it takes to be a good wing defender. 



NBA Player Comparison 

Caldwell-Pope has dynamic scoring potential, so his ceiling translates to a more athletic version of Paul Pierce. He may never reach Pierce's level of stardom, but it tells you how good of a player he could be.

On the downside, he might fall short of expectations and be a fringe contributor like Quincy Pondexter.


Pro Predictions 

Athleticism and shot-making skills are two extremely important traits in the NBA, and Caldwell-Pope possesses both. Therefore, he's going to get some opportunities as a rookie, even if he isn't a major impact player.

If he can demonstrate efficiency early on in his career, he will be an ultra-useful role player—one who can stretch the floor and help his squad whenever he enters the game.

Although he'll likely end up being somewhat of a specialist, he'll use his vertical aptitude and length to rebound and excel in the fast break. 

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