2014-15 Player Recap: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Stan Van Gundy quickly assessed Caldwell-Pope as his best perimeter defender and that, as much as anything, explains why he wound up leading the Pistons in minutes played with 2,587, 85 more than Andre Drummond. Caldwell-Pope got better after the All-Star break – playing alongside an athletic counterpart for him in point guard Reggie Jackson – when he averaged 14.3 points per game. His numbers at home were significantly better than on the road, averaging 15.5 at The Palace and 9.9 elsewhere. Caldwell-Pope made 153 3-point shots this season, 70 more than the closest Pistons player. He tied Kevin Love for 16th in the NBA.
CALDWELL-POPE BY NUMBERS
0: Games Caldwell-Pope has missed due to injury in his two-year NBA career. He sat out twice in the first six games of his rookie year when he'd yet to permanently crack the rotation. He started all 82 games in his second season. Andre Drummond was the only other player to start all 82.
6.8: The number of points per game Caldwell-Pope's average increased over his rookie year. Only Chicago's Jimmy Butler, who saw his scoring jump 6.9 points per game in his fourth season, had a bigger jump among NBA starters. Caldwell-Pope averaged 12.7 points in his second season, more than doubling his rookie number.