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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | Guard

Team: Detroit Pistons
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 205
College: Georgia
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Stan Van Gundy said that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been the best player at training camp.
Interesting. SVG stuck with KCP even during his cold stretches last season, so it's obvious that he has high hopes for the young wing. KCP posted averages of 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers per game on 40.1 percent shooting from the field last season, so he does have some potential. As long as KCP opens the season as the starting shooting guard over Jodie Meeks, he is worth a look in the later rounds. Additionally, SVG mentioned Stanley Johnson, Ersan Ilyasova and Reggie Jackson as other players who have stood out. Oct 3 - 1:30 PM

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Pistons beat writer Keith Langlois projects Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to be in the Pistons starting lineup.

Slotting in alongside Reggie Jackson, Langlois projects it to be Jackson, KCP, Ersan Ilyasova, Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond. While that will likely be the case, it's still worth noting considering Langlois previously noted Stan Van Gundy would have an "open mind" when it came to who starts at shooting guard. The veteran Jodie Meeks, last season's big free-agent signing, would be the alternative.

Pistons beat writer Keith Langlois expects Stan Van Gundy to have an "open mind" when deciding whom to start at shooting guard — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Jodie Meeks.

Caldwell-Pope started all 82 games last season, whereas Meeks started zero games, so it's hard to view this as a true position battle during training camp. As Langlois notes, KCP is also "the superior defender." However, even a starting job won't make KCP a must-draft fantasy player -- he faces stiff competition for minutes and last season he hurt fantasy owners with low assists (1.3), low rebounds (3.1) and poor percentages from the field (40.1 percent) and the FT line (69.6 percent).
Sep 9 - 9:30 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has made some noticeable improvements on his ball-handling this summer.

It's his biggest priority this offseason, which was arguably the weakest aspect of his game. Caldwell-Pope had just 1.3 assists to go with his 1.1 turnovers. He also had over half of his field goal attempts come without a dribble while he made just 28.2 percent on pull-up 3s. He had his best chance to explode last season and squandered it, so it'll be tough to like him with Stanley Johnson, Marcus Morris and Jodie Meeks giving him competition for minutes on the wings.
Aug 20 - 9:05 PM

Stan Van Gundy believes that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be even better next season.

"KCP made a jump from last year to this year. He's got a ways to go, but we think he can make another jump," said Van Gundy. SVG put Caldwell-Pope's development at the forefront of his plans during the 2014-15 season, and KCP responded with averages of 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers per game on 40.1 percent shooting from the field. Consistency is the main issue for KCP, but if he can continue to work on his game and improve his percentages, he could emerge as a quality asset in standard leagues. Right now, he's not much more than a 3-point specialist.
Apr 16 - 6:19 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Cavs.

Caldwell-Pope has been running slightly hot this past week, averaging 2.0 treys and hitting 47.4 percent of his shots over his last four games. He only played 25 minutes tonight but he fits the definition of 'young' that Stan Van Gundy says he's going to go with in Wednesday's finale against the Knicks.
Apr 14 - 12:10 AM

Head coach Stan Van Gundy has been impressed with the growth that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has shown this season.

"All you gotta do is look at the minutes he's played to know I really like the guy and have great respect for him as a player," Van Gundy said. "At the same time, I don't want him to be satisfied and I don't want to shut it down with seven games to go. I think those are realistic expectations that he continue to work to get better." KCP has been pretty streaky this season, but he continues to get extra looks on offense with Greg Monroe (knee) out of the lineup and should be owned in standard leagues.
Apr 5 - 11:20 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played 42 minutes against the Heat on Saturday with 19 points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

He was at home and he had his best scoring game in his last six tries. Caldwell-Pope was making just 34.2 percent of his shots on the road this season, so just keep that in mind if you're considering him in DFS when he's away from Detroit. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Apr 4 - 11:33 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played just 14 minutes and hit 1-of-6 shots for two points and four fouls in Wednesday's loss to the Hornets.

KCP doesn't shoot it well on the road, was obviously in foul trouble, and probably wasn't feeling great due to a minor thigh injury. It also didn't help that Jodie Meeks got hot when KCP was out, and led the team in scoring with 15 points off the bench. KCP scored 18 in his previous game and had 26 on March 24 against the Raptors, so tonight's disaster was hopefully just a minor bump in the "road."
Apr 1 - 10:08 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (thigh) practiced without any issues on Thursday.

KCP was kneed in the thigh on Tuesday, but doesn't seem to have any ill effects heading into Friday's game against the Magic. The 22-year-old is averaging 22.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.8 three-pointers over his last five games and is a must-start for as long as he stays hot.
Mar 26 - 12:08 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was kneed in the thigh on Tuesday, but he was able to return and finished with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, five 3-pointers, six rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes.

KCP has been hit in the same spot a few times this week but there are no indications that he might miss games, so we're leaving him off the injury report. He's averaging a team-high 35.1 minutes over the past two weeks and has made 46.4 percent of his shots in that time, helping him retain top-100 value anchored by points (16.0), 3-pointers (1.4) and steals (1.1).
Mar 24 - 10:43 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will return on Tuesday after being kneed in the thigh.

He stayed on the Pistons' bench, icing his thigh and stretching his leg, so all signs point to him being fine. We'll update his status once more is known after the game.
Mar 24 - 9:03 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 27 points on 10-20 shooting vs. the Celtics on Sunday, adding eight boards, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

Since scoring just one point vs. the Jazz on Mar. 14, KCP has responded in a big way and has now averaged 21.5 points over his last four games. Greg Monroe's knee injury has thrust KCP into a larger role in the offense, and he is worth picking up while he is this hot for any owner in need of scoring or 3-pointers. Just keep in mind that he can cool off at any moment.
Mar 22 - 9:30 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer during a 94-83 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

He put up 24 points on Tuesday and it's fair to say he's going to benefit with Greg Monroe (knee) out. Monroe is likely going to miss games this weekend, so Caldwell-Pope may have a little added value in two games against the Celtics and Bulls.
Mar 18 - 10:45 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was aggressive offensively vs. the Grizzlies, scoring a game-high 24 points on 10-of-16 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs in a home victory.

He took eight shots in the paint, which offset his 2-of-7 mark from downtown, though unfortunately he added just one assist without any rebounds, steals or blocks. KCP can get hot at a moment's notice, but he's been onerous for standard-league owners since the All-Star break. We'll need to see him repeat this performance on Wednesday before recommending him.
Mar 17 - 10:21 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Reggie Jackson
2Brandon Jennings
3Steve Blake
4Spencer Dinwiddie
SG1Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
2Jodie Meeks
3Cartier Martin
4Darrun Hilliard
SF1Marcus Morris
2Stanley Johnson
3Adonis Thomas
4Reggie Bullock
5Danny Granger
PF1Ersan Ilyasova
2Anthony Tolliver
C1Andre Drummond
2Aron Baynes
3Joel Anthony