Pistons fans may have been misinformed about about rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The thought was that Caldwell-Pope would bring his shooting and scoring ability, from his days at the University of Georgia, to the Detroit Pistons.
That didn’t happen, to a certain extent.
Caldwell-Pope still shows those streaks of when he can provide lights out offense, like he did at Georgia. But it’s evident, as of right now, that he is more of a defensive specialist for the Pistons.
For the Pistons, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Caldwell-Pope, along with Josh Smith and Drummond, provide a lot of defense to the starting lineup for the Pistons.
Caldwell-Pope really had his coming out party, defensively, in last night’s game against the Indiana Pacers. He went up against the league’s rising star in Paul George, and held him to only 17 points on 4-14 shooting.
The Pistons ought to be glad that everything worked out the way that it did with Caldwell-Pope. At one point in time, he was expected to be out of the Pistons rotation. But then injuries came about, and he was placed into the rotation, into the starting lineup.
If things didn’t turn out the way that they did, then Caldwell-Pope could have very well been sitting on the bench for the good portion of the season.