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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a 26 year old professional basketball player in the NBA. Caldwell-Pope was born in Thomaston, Georgia in 1993. He went to high school and college in Georgia before moving to Detroit after being selected for the draft. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s position is shooting guard. He is a consistent performer and has been a valuable asset for both the Detroit Pistons and the LA Lakers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s career has had its share of highs and lows, and he has even had his brush ins with the law. On 23 June 2017, Caldwell-Pope was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The NBA suspended him for two games without pay after he pleaded guilty to the offence. However, in the summer Caldwell-Pope commited a probation violation by failing to take a test. As a result, he was given a 25-day jail sentence.

Many Lakers fans were asking: Does Kentavious Caldwell-Pope still play for the Lakers? The answer was yes, as he was placed in a work-release program. He was allowed to play home games and attend practices, but then had to return to the jail facility.

On the hardwood he has been impressive and he’ll be hoping to push on with the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins on the roster. There is a lot of hope that the Lakers will break their NBA Playoff drought this coming season.

Early career

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope attended Greenville High School in Georgia. He garnered a great reputation there with his play. He averaged 31 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in his senior year. His form in his senior year made him the number 3 shooting guard prospect in the US. He was selected for the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American Game.

Caldwell-Pope decided to stay in Georgia for his college education. He attended Georgia College, pushing back advances from other prestigious colleges across the US. Caldwell-Pope was not a one-and-done college player and had two seasons playing for Georgia.

Greenville High School Georgia sports logo in black, white and red color.

His freshman year saw him play 32 games, averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 steals. He was selected for the Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC Team, alongside future teammate Anthony Davis.

His sophomore year would see an increase in form. After the season’s 32 games, Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.0 steals. As a result, he was named the 2012-2013 SEC Player of the Year.

Ending his college career with a 32 point and 13 rebound game meant that Caldwell-Pope would enter the 2013 NBA Draft as a very hot prospect.

Detroit Pistons

With Georgia’s Atlanta Hawks lower down the draft picking order, the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope NBA draft pick was taken by the Detroit Pistons. Caldwell-Pope was the eighth overall draft pick, and the Pistons first pick.

He joined up with the Pistons for their Summer League and quickly showed his talent and big match temperament. He scored 30 points against Oklahoma City Thunder in April 2014 and went on to impress the coach in the following Summer League. He averaged 24 points during the Summer League.

The following season saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope play the most minutes in the Pistons roster. He clocked an impressive 2,587 minutes over the 2014-2015 season. An indication of how important he had become for the Pistons was evident in that he scored 70 more points than any other Pistons player on the roster.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope whilst he was playing with Detroit Pistons with his mouth open looking positive.

The 2015-2016 season would be a career best for Caldwell-Pope. In December 2015, he scored a career high 31 points against the Boston Celtics. Caldwell-Pope averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game. His form took the Pistons to the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

In the playoffs, Caldwell-Pope continued to shine, even though the Pistons were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers would go on to win the championship, spearheaded by another future teammate LeBron James. Caldwell-Pope averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals during the Pistons four playoff games. Once again, Caldwell-Pope showed his ability to perform under pressure.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s final season with the Detroit Pistons would end with another playoff opportunity. In-spite of this, Caldwell-Pope continued to push his game. He scored a career-high 38 points against the New Orleans Pelicans in February 2017. He also showed his calmness under pressure to sink a match-winning three pointer against the Portland Trail Blazers with 9.4 seconds to spare.

Caldwell-Pope’s rising stock made contract demands difficult for the Pistons to meet. The negotiations were further complicated when Caldwell-Pope pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in June. After failing to agree a deal, the Pistons renounced their rights to the player in July 2017. This made him a free agent for the following season.

Los Angeles Lakers

After becoming a free agent, Caldwell-Pope was confirmed on Lakers news sites as the new LA Laker shooting guard in July 2017. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s Lakers contract was for one year and worth $18 million.

For the Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope created two distinct possibilities. On one hand, he could help steer them back to the NBA Playoffs if he continued to improve on his Pistons form. On the other hand, both Caldwell-Pope and LeBron James share the same agent. With James moving towards becoming a free agent, it would be an ideal bonus having his agent already on the books.

Caldwell-Pope had a strong first season, even though the Lakers failed to make the playoffs. His debut on the Lakers schedule came in October against the New Orleans Pelicans. Caldwell-Pope scored an impressive 20 points in the game. In his first season at the Lakers he averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals.

Unfortunately for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, news in December 2017 brought a jail sentence. He pleaded guilty to a parole violation and served a 25-day jail sentence. He was allowed to train and play home games over this time in the Lakers schedule.

His performances over the 2017-2018 season resulted in the Lakers re-signing Caldwell-Pope for the 2018-2019 season. It was another one year contract, worth $12 million. This contract includes a player option for an additional year extension.

LeBron James was added to the LA Lakers roster in 2018. Even with James and Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers were unable to break their NBA Playoff drought. In his second season with the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope averaged 11.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. To keep up to date with the latest Lakers news, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

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NBA stats

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s stats have helped to consolidate his good reputation in the NBA. Over his career in the NBA he has averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals.

Perhaps this coming season Caldwell-Pope will be the perfect shooting guard for Vogel’s Lakers with Davis, James and DeMarcus pushing the LA Lakers towards the playoffs.

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