Rookie to Have an Opportuniy in Detroit

The Pistons have minutes available and rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, eighth pick in the draft out of Georgia, can find consistent playing time on a reconstructed team. 

Detroit spent its off-season adding All-Star caliber talent, but Caldwell-Pope, the 2012 SEC Player of the Year, can solidify its rotation at shooting guard.

While the 6-foot-5 guard still has time to develop, the Pistons are much more likely to snap a three-year playoff drought if Caldwell-Pope can play 20 solid minutes a night in place of Chauncey Billups and Rodney Stuckey.

Other than Josh Smith, he’ll be the main shot creator this year on the Pistons.

With Smith playing the three and even a little bit of the four, Caldwell-Pope can definitely dominate on the wing.

During his last season in college, Caldwell-Pope shot 43.3 percent from the field and finished the year with true shooting percentage of 57.9 percent.

He was the leader of the Bulldogs, scoring 18.5 points per game and inject some natural scoring talents to a team that scored just 94.9 points per game a year ago.

When Smith isn’t on the floor, Caldwell-Pope has enough talent to become the primary scoring option for the Pistons.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot 37.7 percent from 3-point range, the highest among all players in the SEC Conference last year.

In fantasy basketball, it’s better to have a player that can shoot from the outside as opposed to being better in the paint, and if there is a weakness on Caldwell-Pope’s offensive game– there really isn’t– it’s his ability to finish at the rim.

He’s elite from the outside.

Unfortunately, on defense, Caldwell-Pope won’t get too many points in fantasy. He’s a pretty good defender, but doesn’t have the wingspan to get blocks or crash the boards for rebounds.

Caldwell-Pope is definitely a risk to take in fantasy, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him burst on the fantasy scene this year and pick up a lot of points for some teams out there.

Also, if he’s on your team, you have an excuse to name your team “Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Francis”, which I like.

-Jameson Draper

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