Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

American basketball player

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 2014 2.jpg
Caldwell-Pope in January 2014
No. 1 – Los Angeles Lakers
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1993-02-18) February 18, 1993 (age 27)
Thomaston, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolGreenville (Greenville, Georgia)
CollegeGeorgia (2011–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2013–present
Career history
20132017Detroit Pistons
2017–presentLos Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kentavious Tannell Caldwell-Pope (/kɛnˈtviəs/ ken-TAY-vee-əs; born February 18, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named a McDonald's All-American as one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2011. He played college basketball for two years with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and was voted the SEC Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2013. Caldwell-Pope was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. He played four seasons with the Pistons before joining the Lakers as a free agent in 2017–18. He won his first NBA championship with the Lakers in 2020.

High school career

Caldwell-Pope was a highly heralded player in high school. As a senior, he averaged 31 points and 8.2 rebounds per game at Greenville High School in Greenville, Georgia. He led the Patriots to the State Class A Final Four in 2011 and to consecutive Sweet 16 berths in 2009–10.

He was named to several prominent high school All-America teams as a senior, including being selected to play in the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game[1] and the Jordan Brand Classic.[2]

As a senior, he was rated the nation's No. 3 shooting guard prospect, the No. 12 prospect overall, by recruiting analysts for Rivals.com.

College career

Caldwell-Pope chose Georgia to play for Mark Fox and Cody Anderson over scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee among others.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
G
Greenville, Georgia Greenville 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jul 17, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Freshman season

As a freshman, Caldwell-Pope was named to the Coaches' Freshman All-SEC Team, which also included NBA lottery picks Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. His highest output as a freshman was 25 points against Ole Miss, which was the most by a UGA freshman in almost 13 years.[3]

Caldwell-Pope playing for Georgia in 2012

Sophomore season

As a sophomore, Caldwell-Pope was named SEC Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.[4] In his final collegiate game, he scored a career-high 32 points and 13 rebounds in a loss against LSU at the SEC tournament in Nashville.[5] He declared for the NBA draft after the season.[6]

Professional career

Detroit Pistons (2013–2017)

On June 27, 2013, Caldwell-Pope was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. He later joined the Pistons for the 2013 NBA Summer League and signed his rookie scale contract with the team on July 19.[7] On April 16, 2014, he scored a then-career-high 30 points in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[8]

In July 2014, Caldwell-Pope rejoined the Pistons for the 2014 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 24.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in five games. Head coach Stan Van Gundy quickly assessed Caldwell-Pope as his best perimeter defender and he wound up leading the Pistons in minutes played with 2,587. Caldwell-Pope got better after the All-Star break, largely thanks to the acquisition of point guard Reggie Jackson; post All-Star Break, Caldwell-Pope averaged 14.3 points per game. He finished the season with 153 three-point shots made, 70 more than the closest Pistons player. He tied Kevin Love for 16th in the NBA.[9]

Caldwell-Pope with the Pistons in December 2016, shooting over Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards

On December 16, 2015, Caldwell-Pope scored a then career-high 31 points in a 119–116 win over the Boston Celtics.[10] He helped the Pistons finish the 2015–16 regular season with a 44–38 record, which was good for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons thus qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2009. In the first round of the playoffs, the Pistons faced the first-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, and in a Game 1 loss on April 17, Caldwell-Pope scored a team-high 21 points.[11] The Pistons went on to lose the series 4–0.

On November 9, 2016, Caldwell-Pope scored a then season-high 27 points in a 107–100 loss to the Phoenix Suns.[12] On November 25, 2016, he recorded 16 points and a career-high 10 assists in a 108–97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[13] On January 8, 2017, he hit a three-pointer with 9.4 seconds left in double overtime to lead the Pistons to a 125–124 win over the Portland Trail Blazers; he finished with 26 points.[14] On February 1, 2017, he scored a career-high 38 points in a 118–98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. He also made a career-high eight three-pointers on 11 attempts.[15] On February 23, 2017, Caldwell-Pope scored 33 points, including three three-pointers late in the fourth quarter during a Detroit rally, as the Pistons defeated the Charlotte Hornets 114–108 in overtime. Caldwell-Pope's three-pointer with 18.2 seconds to play tied the game at 100.[16]

On June 23, 2017, Caldwell-Pope was suspended for two games without pay by the NBA for pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.[17]

On July 7, 2017, the Pistons renounced the rights to Caldwell-Pope, making him an unrestricted free agent.[18]

Los Angeles Lakers (2017–present)

On July 13, 2017, Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.[19][20] He made his debut for the Lakers on October 22, 2017, scoring 20 points as a starter in a 119–112 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[21] On November 27, 2017, he scored a season-high 29 points against the Los Angeles Clippers.[22] On December 13, 2017, Caldwell-Pope pleaded guilty to a probation violation he committed during the summer. He was handed a 25-day jail sentence, but under a work-release program, was allowed to leave the facility for home games and practices. He was not allowed to leave California, limiting him to only home games within the state during that period.[23] On February 24, 2018, he scored a season-high 34 points and hit a career-high-tying eight 3-pointers in a 113–108 win over the Sacramento Kings.[24] On March 22, 2018, he hit eight 3-pointers and had 28 points in a 128–125 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[25]

On July 6, 2018, Caldwell-Pope re-signed with the Lakers,[26] on a reported one-year, $12 million contract.[27] On December 16, 2018, he scored a season-high 25 points in a 128–110 loss to the Washington Wizards.[28] On December 30, he set a new season high with 26 points in a 121–114 win over the Kings.[29] On March 19, he had a season-high 35 points in a 115–101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[30]

In 2019, Caldwell-Pope re-signed with the Lakers once again, this time on a two-year contract worth roughly $16 million.[31] In 2019–20, he made a career-high 38.5% of his 3-pointers and was third on the team with 92 made 3-pointers.[32] Caldwell-Pope won his first NBA championship when the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games in the 2020 NBA Finals. He was instrumental in the victory, especially in game 4 when his five straight points late in the fourth quarter helped the Lakers pull away from the Heat and sealed the win in that game.[33] He started all 21 games in the playoffs, averaging 10.7 points in 29 minutes per game and making 37.8% of his 3-pointers.[32][34]

Caldwell-Pope declined his player option on the second year of his contract and became a free agent.[32] On November 23, 2020, he re-signed with the Lakers on a three-year $40 million deal.[32][34]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship

NBA

Regular season
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Detroit 80 41 19.8 .396 .319 .770 2.0 .7 .9 .2 5.9
2014–15 Detroit 82 82 31.5 .401 .345 .696 3.1 1.3 1.1 .2 12.7
2015–16 Detroit 76 76 36.7 .420 .309 .811 3.7 1.8 1.4 .2 14.5
2016–17 Detroit 76 75 33.3 .399 .350 .832 3.3 2.5 1.2 .2 13.8
2017–18 L.A. Lakers 74 74 33.2 .426 .383 .789 5.2 2.2 1.4 .2 13.4
2018–19 L.A. Lakers 82 23 24.8 .430 .347 .867 2.9 1.3 .9 .2 11.4
2019–20dagger L.A. Lakers 69 26 25.5 .467 .385 .775 2.1 1.6 .8 .2 9.3
Career 539 397 29.2 .418 .349 .797 3.2 1.6 1.1 .2 11.6
Playoffs
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Detroit 4 4 40.3 .440 .444 .714 4.3 2.8 1.8 .3 15.3
2020dagger L.A. Lakers 21 21 29.0 .418 .378 .815 2.1 1.3 1.0 .2 10.7
Career 25 25 30.8 .423 .390 .794 2.4 1.6 1.1 .2 11.4

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Georgia 32 32 32.1 .396 .304 .654 5.2 1.2 1.8 .3 13.2
2012–13 Georgia 32 32 33.9 .433 .373 .799 7.1 1.8 2.0 .5 18.5
Career 64 64 33.0 .415 .339 .727 6.2 1.5 1.9 .4 15.9

Personal life

In June 2016, Caldwell-Pope married partner McKenzie.[35]

References

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