Pistons select Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at No. 8 overall in 2013 NBA Draft

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The Detroit Pistons selected Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at No. 8 overall in tonights 2013 NBA Draft, a pick they hope will add perimeter shooting to a team lacking the quality and might signal Brandon Knight shifts back to point guard.

The Pistons had a shot at Michigan guard Trey Burke, who still was available in a draft featuring a sequence of early surprises, but passed on him.

Caldwell-Pope was the first Georgia player since Dominique Wilkins in 1981 to be named SEC Player and first-team All-SEC by coaches and media.

He averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 assists, and was one of nine Division I players to score in double figures in all of his teams games last season. (MLive.com)

“For the Pistons, the selection makes a lot of sense. While there were plenty of people that expected the Pistons to draft Michigan guard Trey Burke and keep him in-state, the Pistons instead opted for a more traditional shooting guard, something that shows the organization’s confidence in Brandon Knight as a point guard. It also paves the way for the team re-sign Jose Calderon so that they can roster a more traditional point guard and play a whole slew of different combinations featuring all three guards.

“After grabbing frontcourt studs the last two years in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Pistons get themselves a young scoring wing, which was something they really needed. Detroit’s young core got a little bit better on Thursday night.” (Hoops World)

“Notably, KCP is a rapidly improving shooter, particularly from deep. As a freshman, KCP shot a meager 30.4% from deep, while launching 6.7 per game. Clearly, he’s not scared. As a sophomore, that percentage jumped to nearly 38%on 7 attempts flat. He’s also a plus 50% two-point shooter for consecutive seasons, which is suggestive that his three point improvement isn’t a fluke. And he managed that hike in efficiency while seeing a proportional uptick in usage; as a sophomore, he used nearly 28% of his team’s possessions. That is very encouraging.” (Detroit Bad Boys)

“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.” (Bleacher Report)

Draft Preview: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (NBA.com)

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