30 Players in 30 Days: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons

In an attempt to get myself and others hyped about the 2016–17 NBA season, I brainstormed several different preview ideas. Many outlets are doing team previews, but this is a player’s game, damnit. Why not take my favorite and/or most interesting player from each team and write a l’il somethin’ somethin’? I decided to write them in order of my projected finish for that team.

I probably would have had the Pistons higher, but a month or more without Reggie Jackson hurts their case, especially when I expect the Bucks, Wizards and Knicks to be better than last year. Someone had to drop, and it was them.

To stay them afloat, they’ll need Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to make a significant leap.

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KCP is the prototype for an NBA two-guard. He’s a deadly shooter, plus he’s athletic and crafty enough to create space off the dribble. Most people would even consider him a “plus” defender.

So why don’t we hear more about him? That career-killing “C” word. Consistency has been a huge issue. He’s considered a “shooter”, yet he shot a woeful 31% from three last year… crazy considering he shot about five a game.

I think his inefficiency stems from poor, Justin Cherot-like shot selection. Merely pumping his percentages to 46-38-85 probably puts him around 18-20 points per game. Is that completely unreasonable?

Adding Ish Smith didn’t move the needle much in the off-season, but suddenly it’s looking like a savvy move. If the Pistons can somehow hover around .500 during Jackson’s absence, they could sneak into what could be a mad scramble for the six, seven and eight spots. As of today, however, I don’t see it happening.


30. Jeremy Lin, Brooklyn Nets

29. Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers

28. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

27. Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat

26. Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets

25. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

24. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

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