Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Pistons ROY

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Jan 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) dribbles ahead of Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) during the game at American Airlines Center. Dallas won 116-106. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013-14 Detroit Pistons were very much a new look group. Alongside big name free agent acquisitions like Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith last summer, the Pistons welcomed four rookies into their squad for this season. Luigi Datome arrived from Italy, Peyton Siva was drafted out of Louisville, while Tony Mitchell came out of North Texas as the 37th pick. Undoubtedly the best of the bunch was the former Georgia Bulldog, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Caldwell-Pope had an interesting year, as having been favored as a starter by Maurice Cheeks early in the season, he was benched by his replacement John Loyer later in the year. As a result, he didn’t get the opportunities that an eighth-overall pick is normally afforded. Still KCP managed to show enough potential to cause Detroit optimism for his future.

In fact, with the comparative play of the rest of Detroit’s rookies, Caldwell-Pope’s final game of the season was, by itself, enough for him to be Detroit’s ROY.

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