So far this preseason Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has shot the rock like Tim Tebow throws the football.
His shooting percentage looks a lot like Buzz’s girlfriend in Home Alone…WOOF!
To say KCP has struggled shooting so far this preseason is an understatement. Through five contests he has shot an atrocious 25.4 percent from the field (14-55) and 19 percent from downtown (4-21).
I’ve made some bold predictions this offseason regarding Mr. Caldwell-Pope. I stated that he’s going to end up being the Pistons full-time starter at the two-spot this season and into the future and make an immediate impact on both ends of the floor.
Am I fleeing away from my previous comments like O.J. in the white Ford Bronco?
Nope…well, not yet.
The way he has shot so far this preseason is pretty worrisome, especially since he’s a shooting guard and the reason they drafted him was for his silky smooth touch. But I still have a ton of hope for this young fella. Let’s remember that at the start of the Orlando Summer League he had these same type of shooting woes and eventually shot his way out of them. I fully expect Caldwell-Pope to do the same thing this preseason and find his way into the team’s rotation immediately.
Although Caldwell-Pope has struggled shooting, he has done one thing noteworthy that can lead to his implementation into the team’s rotation: rebound.
Caldwell-Pope has averaged 5.6 rebounds so far this preseason and recorded seven rebounds on three separate occasions. A guard who can mix it up with size and athleticism is extremely underrated in the NBA and the Pistons should look to add Caldwell-Pope into the rotation simply for his rebounding niche.
Rebounding is nice and an added dimension, but the Pistons drafted Caldwell-Pope for his outside shooting. If Caldwell-Pope is going to be their ace at shooting guard, he must find some sort of consistency on the offensive end of the floor. Outside shooting will be pivotal for the Pistons this season because of Jennings’ ability to penetrate and the attention that will be focused on the talented frontcourt. There will be a lot of open looks from the three-point line and if Caldwell-Pope isn’t knocking them down, they will look to someone else to get the job done and that means more minutes for veterans Rodney Stuckey and Chauncey Billups.
There’s a lot of burning questions waiting to be answered pertaining to the Pistons’ two-guard situation.
If Caldwell-Pope wants to play he can’t play like a rook because the Pistons need a knockdown shooter, and right now he’s not fitting the bill.
Yet with all that said, I don’t think I’m alone when saying that I’m really rooting for him.
He’s what the Pistons really need.