Minnesota Timberwolves 2013 NBA Draft Player Profile - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

GEORGIA
Year: Sophomore
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 205 lbs.
Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 9 or 26 picks during the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. Part I details Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a dynamic shooting guard whose ability and length has helped him rise up the charts during Draft workouts in May.



Mark Remme
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Mock Draft Projections: 1st round, picks 9 to 18

2012-13 Season: 18.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.0 SPG, .433 FG%, .373 3FG%
2011-12 Season: 13.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.8 SPG, .396 FG%, .304 3FG%

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the SEC Player of the Year as selected by SEC coaches, and it’s easy to see why. KCP made the jump from a serviceable wing player as a freshman to an elite scorer within the conference, upping all of his statistical categories along the way and improving his shooting significantly from distance. He led the Bulldogs in scoring during 29 of the team’s 32 games, and he was the team’s leading rebounder in 16 of those contests.

Caldwell-Pope met with the Timberwolves and worked out at the LifeTime Fitness Training Center on May 30 as part of a six-individual group and was impressive on both ends of the floor. He can score the basketball and has the physical tools to blossom at the NBA level. He’s a guy who was invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago and has seemingly climbed up several mock draft boards since declaring in April.

He’s a player who earned high praise as a high school player in Greenville, Ga., earning McDonald’s All-America status as a senior and rated No. 3 among shooting guard prospects in his class. He shot sub-40 percent from the field as a freshman but still received a spot on the Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC team.

STRENGTHS

The first thing that stands out about Caldwell-Pope is his improvement. He got better during his sophomore year and became a go-to scorer for the Bulldogs—eventually becoming the SEC Player of the Year. He was an impressive shooter from outside in college showcasing his ability to hit from long distance from a in catch-and-shoot situations as well as spotting up. He has the ability to come off screens and hit difficult jumpers. His athleticism allows him to be a threat in the fast break. Defensively, he averaged 2.0 steals per game and, according to his outlook at the Draft Combine, he uses constant effort and consistency on the defensive end to fuel his game on the offensive end. His workouts suggest he's ready to defend at the NBA level due to his quickness and length.

WEAKNESSES

Caldwell-Pope’s main area he needs to focus on is shot selection. Being able to decide what is the best option for him at the time and take the highest-percentage attempt. He often relies on his jumpshot because he is a fluid shooter who can make difficult shots, but being able to handle the ball and make plays at the rim with more regularity will help boost his game and keep defenders honest who try to cheat up on his pull-up game.

THEY SAID IT

“I love to defend. It keeps me patient, and it lets my game come to me on the offensive end. If I can defend, whatever I can do on that end, the offense just comes.” — Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES

The Wolves are looking for shooters with size that can help bolster their shooting guard position—something they didn’t have the past two years and relied heavily on a steady rotation of point guards Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea at the 2. Both are 6-foot-2 or shorter. Caldwell-Pope has the size at 6-foot-5 and the wing span at 6-foot-8 to fill that void, and his mix of perimeter shooting and attention to defense are two areas the Wolves are keying on most.

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Year
Player
Pos.
School
Rd / Pick
Ht / Wt
Class
2012
Robbie Hummel
F
Purdue
2 / 58
6'8" / 215
Sr
2011
Derrick Williams
F
Arizona
1 / 2
6'8" / 248
So

Donatas Motiejunas
F/C
Italy
1 / 20
7'0" / 222
Int'l
2010
Wesley Johnson
G/F
Syracuse
1 / 4
6'7" / 215
Jr
Luke Babbitt
F
Nevada
1 / 16
6'9" / 225
So
Trevor Booker
F
Clemson
1 / 23
6'8" / 240
Sr
Paulo Prestes
C
Brazil
2 / 45
6'11" / 260
Int'l
Hamady Ndiaye
C
Rutgers
2 / 56
7'0" / 235
Sr
2009
Ricky Rubio
G
Spain
1 / 5
6'4" / 180
Int'l

Jonny Flynn
G
Syracuse
1 / 6
6'0" / 185
So

Ty Lawson
G
North Carolina
1 / 18
5'11" / 195
Jr

Wayne Ellington
G
North Carolina
1 / 28
6'4" / 200
Jr

Nick Calathes
G
Florida
2 / 45
6'6" / 194
So

Henk Norel
F
Netherlands
2 / 47
6'10" / 230
Int'l
2008
OJ Mayo
G
USC
1 / 3
6'4" / 200
Fr
Nikola Pekovic
C
Montenegro
2 / 31
6'11" / 265
Int
Mario Chalmers
G
Kansas
2 / 34
6'1" / 190
Jr
2007
Corey Brewer
F
Florida
1 / 7
6'9" / 185
Jr

Chris Richard
F
Florida
2 / 41
6'9" / 255
Sr
2006
Brandon Roy
G
Washington
1 / 6
6'6" / 215
Sr

Craig Smith
F
Boston College
2 / 36
6'7" / 250
Sr

Bobby Jones
F
Washington
2 / 37
6'7" / 215
Sr

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
F
Greece
2 / 57
6'11" / 260
Int'l
2005
Rashad McCants
G
North Carolina
1 / 14
6'4" / 207
Jr

Bracey Wright
G
Indiana
2 / 47
6'3" / 210
Jr
2004
Blake Stepp
G
Gonzaga
2 / 58
6'4" / 194
Sr
2003
Ndudi Ebi
F
Westbury Christian H.S.
1 / 26
6'9" / 195
HS

Rick Rickert
F
Minnesota
2 / 55
6'11" / 215
So
2002
Marcus Taylor
G
Michigan State
2 / 52
6'3" / 195
So
2001
Loren Woods
C
Arizona
2 / 46
7'1" / 245
Sr
2000
Igor Rakocevic
G
Yugoslavia
2 / 51
6'2" / 184
Int
1999
Wally Szczerbiak
F
Miami (Ohio)
1 / 6
6'7" / 244
Sr

William Avery
G
Duke
1 / 14
6'2" / 180
So

Louis Bullock
G
Michigan
2 / 42
6'2" / 180
Sr
1998
Rasho Nesterovic
C
Slovenia
1 / 17
7'0" / 248
Int

Andrae Patterson
F
Indiana
2 / 46
6'9" / 240
Sr
1997
Paul Grant
C
Wisconsin
1 / 20
7'0" / 245
Sr

Gordon Malone
F
West Virginia
2 / 44
6'11" / 215
Jr
1996
Ray Allen
G
Connecticut
1 / 5
6'5" / 205
Jr
1995
Kevin Garnett
F
Farragut Academy H.S.
1 / 5
6'11" / 220
HS

Mark Davis
F
Texas Tech
2 / 48
6'7" / 210
Sr

Jerome Allen
G
Pennsylvania
2 / 49
6'4" / 184
Sr
1994
Donyell Marshall
F
Connecticut
1 / 4
6'9" / 220
Jr

Howard Eisley
G
Boston College
2 / 30
6'3" / 180
Sr
1993
Isaiah Rider
G
UNLV
1 / 5
6'5" / 215
Sr

Sherron Mills
F
Virginia Commonwealth
2 / 29
6'9"
Sr
1992
Christian Laettner
F
Duke
1 / 3
6'11" / 235
Sr

Marlon Maxey
F
UTEP
2 / 28
6'8" / 250
Sr

Chris Smith
G
Connecticut
2 / 34
6'3" / 191
Sr

Tim Burroughs
F
Jacksonville
2 / 51
6'8"
Sr
1991
Luc Longley
C
New Mexico
1 / 7
7'2" / 265
Sr/Int

Myron Brown
G
Slippery Rock
2 / 34
6'3" / 180
Sr
1990
Felton Spencer
C
Louisville
1 / 6
7'0" / 265
Sr

Gerald Glass
G
Mississippi
1 / 20
6'6" / 221
Sr
1989
Pooh Richardson
G
UCLA
1 / 10
6'1" / 186
Sr

Gary Leonard
C
Missouri
2 / 34
7'1" / 246
Sr

Doug West
G
Villanova
2 / 38
6'6" / 200
Sr

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