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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope lights up Summer League for second straight day (VIDEO)

Jul 7, 2014, 1:10 AM EDT

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope averaged just 5.9 points per game in his rookie season with the Pistons, but also logged 19.8 minutes per game, and started in 41 of his 80 regular season appearances.

That experience has paid off big time during the first two days of Summer League in Orlando, as KCP followed up the 26 points he scored on Saturday with a 30-point outing on Sunday.

He was just 8-of-19 from the field in his first game, but went 10-of-20 from the floor in Sunday’s action, while also managing to grab 12 rebounds.

You don’t want to read too much into Summer League performances, mainly because of how relatively weak the overall level of competition is — especially for someone like KCP, who just came off of a season where he played significant rotation minutes in the NBA on what was essentially a nightly basis.

But you have to like the aggressiveness and confidence he’s shown in these first two games, where he was clearly the best player on the floor in each of them.

  1. rajbais - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Now there’s the true starter, right Josh Smith???

  2. kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    KCP obviously has been working on his game since the Pistons season ended. I guess this is the player Joe D saw when he drafted him.

  3. campcouch - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    So what was he doing during the actual season?

  4. harshedmellow - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    KCP! Get you some!

    • money2long - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      KFC first.

  5. enigma2742 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    MEANS NOTHING TO ME COME HOLLA AT ME ONCE THE SEASON START SUMMER LEAGUE YOU KIDDING ME HALF THE PEOPLE THEIR ARENT EVEN GONNA MAKE THE NBA. BUT ONCE THE SEASON START I’LL BE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS DUDE

  6. money2long - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    Love hearing someone yell BANG BAAANNNGGGG on his last 3 pointer in that clip.
    That’s what I yell at the park

  7. saint1997 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    We also tend to judge rookies after 1 year, often it takes these guys up to 5 years to fully see what kind of player they’ll be

  8. scorp16 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    So he’s shooting 18 of 39 and racked up 56 points. Yet James Ennis has quietly gone 15 of 23 and shot 9 of 10 from beyond the Arc. Racking up 47 points while playing 10 less minutes than Pope. Hmmm.

  9. rrhoe - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Anybody remember when Anthony Randolph was tearing it up in summer league too!!!!

    • money2long - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      So use your individual judgement on the player at hand.
      Don’t rely on articles to tell you who to believe is nice.
      Do you only know who will be god based off what writers and reporters tell you or can you use your own eyes sometimes ?
      Bringing up Randolph…well, everyone that does good in summer league won’t always have the same results as Randolph. As in fizzle out in real games. Allow your own eyes to determine what you think the player at hand will become. You’re being closed minded bringing comparing every situation to Randolph.

      • money2long - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Good*

  10. unxpexted1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Well didn’t he drop 38 against the thunder in a must win game for the thunder. The kid has skill, he was a rookie, and i think he just needs time….and a true PG to play with. I like his game, very well-rounded skill offensively.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      30 points*

  11. irvness21 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    So u mean not ship…. Damn auto correct!!!!

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