Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
27-Year-Old GuardG
Los Angeles Lakers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Caldwell-Pope returns to the Lakers for the 2019-20 season on a two-year deal to likely reprise a reserve wing role he filled for much of the last two seasons. The veteran played all 82 games for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign last year and averaged a solid 11.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 24.8 minutes per contest. KCP also drained a career-best 43.0 percent of his shots, a figure that still smacks of inefficiency but at least qualified as his second consecutive year-over-year improvement in that category. Caldwell-Pope's long-distance marksmanship remained solid for a third straight season as well, as he found the net on 34.7 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. Looking ahead to the coming season, the Lakers have an interesting logjam of veterans at the shooting guard position, with offseason acquisitions Danny Green and Avery Bradley also slotting in above and below Caldwell-Pope at that spot heading into training camp. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $16.58 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2019. Contract includes $8.49 million player option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Kentavious Tannell Caldwell-Pope was born in Thomaston, Georgia, to Rhonda Caldwell and Lawrence Pope. He played basketball at Greenville High School in Greenville, Georgia. As a senior, he averaged 31 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and was one of the most highly regarded high-school basketball players in the nation. He led Greenville to the State Class A Final Four in 2011 and to consecutive Sweet 16 berths in 2009-10. Caldwell-Pope participated in the McDonald's All-American Game as well as the Jordan Brand Classic as a senior and was rated the nation's No. 3 shooting guard prospect -- and the No. 12 prospect overall -- by Rivals.com. In his free time, he enjoys visiting patients in hospitals and taking part in youth basketball clinics. He also notes that golf is his hidden talent. Learn more about Caldwell-Pope by following him on Twitter @CaldwellPope and on Instagram @caldwellpope.

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Caldwell-Pope chose to stay in his home state of Georgia to play college hoops. He started all but one game (Senior Night) as a freshman and showed off his scoring prowess. The 6-foot-5 guard scored in double figures in his first 10 games and put up at least 20 points four times in his first year as a Bulldog. He topped out at 25 points, including five three-pointers, in a loss to Ole Miss. Caldwell-Pope clearly worked on his shot after his freshman season and improved his three-point efficiency from 30.4 to 37.3 percent in his sophomore campaign. He scored in double digits in every game and averaged 18.5 points to go along with 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals. The guard was named SEC Player of the Year. He scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds -- his seventh double-double of the season -- in his final game, an SEC Tournament loss to LSU. After his sophomore season, Caldwell-Pope declared for the 2013 NBA Draft where he was chosen with the eighth overall pick by the Detroit Pistons.

Expected to decline option
GLos Angeles Lakers
October 15, 2020
Caldwell-Pope is expected to decline his $8.5 million player option for next season, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports.
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After emerging as a key piece during the Lakers' title run, Caldwell-Pope will look to capitalize on that momentum. Per Charania, the Lakers would like to bring Caldwell-Pope back next season, but other teams may drive his price up on the open market. The Lakers do hold Caldwell-Pope's full Bird Rights, however, so they'll be able to go over the salary cap to re-sign him without using an exception.
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2018

Caldwell-Pope appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Lakers, making 23 starts. Playing in his second season for the franchise, he averaged 11.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest. He shot 43.0 percent from the field and made 86.7 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe, both career highs. He also shot 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, canning 1.8 triples per game. He saw 24.8 minutes per tilt and played a key role off the bench for Los Angeles. With LeBron James shut down at the end of the campaign and Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball also dealing with injuries, Caldwell-Pope started the final 10 games of the season. Over that stretch, he averaged a healthy 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals across 34.5 minutes. When given additional playing time, the sixth-year wing showed that he's still a threat to drop 20 points on any given night. Overall, Caldwell-Pope posted three games with at least 30 points and 17 games with at least five rebounds. Defensively, he added 19 games with at least two steals and 11 games with at least one block.

2017

After four seasons in Detroit, Caldwell-Pope signed with the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the 2017-18 season. He immediately slotted in as a starter in Los Angeles, joining the starting five for each of his 74 appearances. On the season, he averaged 13.4 points while shooting a career-best 42.6 percent from the field. Caldwell-Pope also enjoyed his best season as a three-point shooter, averaging 2.1 treys per contest on 38.3 percent shooting from deep, both career highs. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-5 guard crashed the boards like never before as his average of 5.2 rebounds per game easily surpassed his previous high mark. Defensively, Caldwell-Pope continued to play strong perimeter defense and averaged 1.4 steals per contest. He scored a season-high 34 points in a victory over Sacramento on Feb. 24, matching his career high with eight three-pointers. He hit eight treys again against the Pelicans on March 22 en route to 28 points. Overall, Caldwell-Pope registered four double-doubles during the campaign after totaling two in his previous four seasons combined. One such performance was a 10-point effort in a win over Atlanta on Feb. 26 during which he grabbed a career-high 14 boards.

2016

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was again a steady presence in Detroit's lineup during the 2016-17 campaign. He started 75 of the 76 games in which he played and averaged 33.3 minutes per contest. The 2013 lottery pick averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He also established a career high with 2.5 assists per contest. Caldwell-Pope blossomed as a three-point shooter in his fourth NBA season, averaging 2.0 made treys per contest -- the best mark of his career. He also set a career mark by making 35.0 percent of his three-point attempts. Caldwell-Pope's campaign included a number of single-game personal records. He scored 38 points -- a career high -- in a win over New Orleans on Feb. 1, making a career-best eight three-pointers. In a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 25, he dished out 10 assists for the first time in his career. He also scored 16 points in that contest to record his second NBA double-double of the season.

2015

In Caldwell-Pope's third NBA season, he started all 76 games in which he played and ranked fourth in the league with 36.7 minutes per contest. The 2013 lottery pick again saw his offensive numbers improve across the board as he posted career per-game highs in points (14.5), rebounds (3.7) and assists (1.8). The 6-foot-5 guard also registered career bests in field-goal percentage (42.0 percent) and free-throw percentage (81.1 percent). Defensively. Caldwell-Pope's 1.4 steals per game was a career high and ranked among the top 30 in the league. The 6-foot-5 guard registered his first career double-double against Indiana on Jan. 2. In that contest, he scored 16 points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds. On Dec. 12, he notched eight assists -- the best mark of his career -- in a win over Indiana. Four days later, he scored a career-high 31 points in a victory over Boston. The Pistons finished the regular season with a 44-38 record and qualified for the postseason for the first time in Caldwell-Pope's tenure with the club. Although Detroit was swept by Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs, Caldwell-Pope made a strong impression with per-game averages of 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 three-pointers and 1.8 steals.

2014

Caldwell-Pope took on an expanded role in his second NBA campaign, starting all 82 games during the regular season and averaging 31.5 minutes per contest. Accordingly, he posted across the board improvements over his rookie numbers. The 6-foot-5 guard increased his per-game averages in scoring (12.7 points), rebounds (3.1) and assists (1.3). He also emerged as a threat from deep, making 1.9 three-pointers per contest to finish among the top 25 in the league. On the defensive end of the court, Caldwell-Pope posted 1.1 steals per game and solidified his role as a strong perimeter defender. The sophomore improved as the season wore on, raising his pre-All-Star break average of 11.9 points per game to 14.3 after the break. He was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge in February and scored eight points in 20 minutes of action. Caldwell-Pope scored 20-plus points 14 times during the season, topping out at 28 in a win over Houston on Jan. 31. He hit six three-pointers in that contest, tied for his season high. On Dec. 7, he registered a career-high five assists while scoring 19 points versus Oklahoma City.

2013

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He donned the Pistons uniform for the first time in the Summer League, where he averaged 13.8 points in five contests. He played 80 games in his rookie campaign, averaging 19.8 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-5 guard posted per game averages of 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists. He also averaged 0.7 three-pointers per contest while shooting 31.9 percent from deep. Caldwell-Pope showed signs of being a strong defender in his rookie season as his 1.7 steals per 36 minutes ranked among the top 30 marks in the league. Although his playing time was inconsistent throughout the season, Caldwell-Pope made 41 starts and logged over 30 minutes on 11 occasions. In the final game of the regular season, he played 44 minutes and scored a season-high 30 points, making 5-of-7 attempts from deep. The University of Georgia product collected a season-best 10 rebounds against Denver on March 19, adding nine points and two steals. He finished the season with 15 performances of double-digit points.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie contract.
  • July 13, 2017
    Signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Last season marked Caldwell-Pope’s first with the Lakers, signing a one-year, $17.7 million contract with the team after four years with the Pistons. He set his lowest scoring average (13.4) since 2014-15 with, but set a career high in three-pointers made per game (2.1) and three-point percentage (38.3). He also remained a solid defender, matching his career high in steals per contest (1.4). Caldwell-Pope also garnered enough rebounds (5.2) and assists (2.2) to keep himself Fantasy relevant in most standard leagues. Signing another one-year deal, worth $12 million, Caldwell-Pope opted to stay in LA for 2018-19. He projects to be the Lakers’ starting shooting guard again, and should continue to get quality three-point looks due to the addition of LeBron James. It’s unlikely Caldwell-Pope will make any massive strides in his game, but will probably be productive enough to crack the top-100 Fantasy players.
For the third straight season in 2016-17, Caldwell-Pope served as a full-time starter on the wing for the Pistons and averaged double-digit points while guarding the opposition’s top perimeter threat and providing reliable shooting. In the modern NBA, there will always be a place for a 6-foot-5, three-and-D wing like Caldwell-Pope, but a lack of consistency has stood in the way of him making the leap from “good” to “great” player. Though he posted career highs in 3-point percentage (35 percent) and assists per game (2.2) last season, Caldwell-Pope was prone to disappearing all too often, turning in 13 games of five points or less. After Caldwell-Pope became a restricted free agent this summer, the Pistons weren’t eager to commit major money to a player that ran so hold and cold, so the team went out and acquired Avery Bradley from the Celtics to fill the void at shooting guard and ultimately renounced KCP’s rights. The 24-year-old ended up settling for a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers, who were in desperate need of a shutdown presence on the wing after allowing the third-most points in the league a season ago. Caldwell-Pope is projected to start in the backcourt alongside dynamic rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, whose excellent court vision should afford KCP some high-quality looks beyond the arc. However, if Caldwell-Pope’s erratic shooting frequently rears its head again, he could be in danger of losing more minutes to sixth man Jordan Clarkson as the season wears on.
One of the better perimeter defenders in the Eastern Conference, Caldwell-Pope has also developed into a reliable fantasy commodity since the arrival of coach Stan Van Gundy in Detroit. After averaging 31.5 minutes per game in 2014-15, Caldwell-Pope jumped up to 36.7 minutes last season, good for fourth in the league behind only James Harden, Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler. While Caldwell-Pope is far from a dynamic scorer or playmaker, his high minutes load is enough to keep his fantasy value afloat. The 23-year-old closed last season with averages of 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game -- all career bests -- while knocking down 1.5 three-pointers per game. Caldwell-Pope converted only 30.9 percent of his three-point looks, however, a number that could certainly rise considering he hit 34.5 percent of his attempts two seasons ago. Regardless, his value should remain fairly constant as he enters 2016-17 in a similar role alongside Reggie Jackson in the backcourt. Perhaps second-year wing Stanley Johnson could cut into Caldwell-Pope's workload, but it's unlikely that it would be enough of a reduction to threaten KCP's overall fantasy value.
Caldwell-Pope was a full-time starter in his second year in the NBA, which was also his first season with coach Stan Van Gundy. Through 82 games, KCP averaged 12.7 points, 1.9 three-pointers, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 32 minutes per game while shooting 40 percent from the field, 35 percent from three, and 70 percent from the line. Those numbers aren't good enough to make Caldwell-Pope useable in standard leagues, but given his ability to defend at an elite level, and the fact that he still has considerable untapped potential, there are lots of reasons to be intrigued with KCP this season. He was the go-to scorer at Georgia, getting his points shooting from deep and attacking the paint. Most of his scoring in the NBA thus far has come from deep, but he has shown flashes of what he can accomplish when he uses his elite athleticism to attack the rack. At this point in his career, he's little more than a 3-and-D player for fantasy purposes, and that's likely where he'll linger, but don't count KCP out of becoming a special player over the next couple seasons. While he's expected to start at shooting guard, Van Gundy said KCP, Marcus Morris, and Stanley Johnson will all compete for the starting spots at both shooting guard and small forward, which obfuscates some of KCP's potential. While he could be a decent grab at the end of deeper drafts right now, until Caldwell-Pope shows that he's taken further steps in his development this preseason, it's hard to recommend drafting him in most standard leagues.
Caldwell-Pope's rookie campaign was largely disappointing, but there were some highlights sprinkled in. The 2013 lottery pick finished his first season in the NBA with averages of 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds 0.9 steals, and 0.7 three-pointers in 20 minutes per game. He appeared in 80 games total, which included 41 starts at shooting guard. Caldwell-Pope struggled with his shot for much of the season, shooting 40 percent from the floor and 32 percent from three-point land. In the rare instances where he went to the charity stripe (0.8 free-throw attempts per game), KCP knocked down a steady 77 percent of his freebies. While he struggled to adapt to the NBA on the offensive end of the court, Caldwell-Pope received rave reviews for his parameter defense and energy, both of which will help him carve out minutes in the Pistons rotation. The biggest key to Caldwell-Pope's role will be his offensive development. He has already shown flashes of ability on the offensive end of the court, including a 30-point outburst in the season finale last year and a strong showing (24.0 points per game) in the summer league this year. The Pistons have a new coaching staff and lured Jodie Meeks to town via free agency, so it remains to be seen what kind of role Caldwell-Pope will hold in his sophomore campaign. The 21-year-old still has plenty of time to live up to his draft pedigree, but the ceiling for his fantasy potential will be determined by his offensive development.
Following a sophomore season at Georgia in which he averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to earn SEC Player of the Year honors, Caldwell-Pope declared for the NBA Draft and was selected eighth overall by the Pistons. With Rodney Stuckey seemingly stalling in his development at shooting guard the last few years, it appears the organization will give Caldwell-Pope every chance to win the starting shooting guard job out of training camp. Caldwell-Pope struggled finding his stroke in his initial exposure to professional basketball in the summer league, but the proficiency he showed from mid- and long-range in college should ultimately allow him to score at the next level. One of the bigger questions with Caldwell-Pope is his ability to adapt to a secondary role working off the ball. Caldwell-Pope posted high usage numbers and low assist totals as a one-man show for a middling Georgia squad last season, but he'll likely be asked to acquiesce to Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith on the wing for the Pistons in his rookie season. Should Caldwell-Pope fail to thrive in a complementary capacity, veterans Stuckey, Chauncey Billups and Kyle Singler could steal minutes from him.
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Scores 15 points in win
GLos Angeles Lakers
October 7, 2020
Caldwell-Pope notched 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-8 3Pt), five assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 102-96 win over the Heat in Game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals.
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Scores 14 in win
GLos Angeles Lakers
August 29, 2020
Caldwell-Pope finished with 14 points (5-12 FG, 4-9 3Pt), five assists, and three steals in 28 minutes of a 131-122 win against Portland on Saturday.
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Cleared to play
GLos Angeles Lakers
August 29, 2020
Caldwell-Pope (knee) will play in Game 5 against the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
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Likely to play Saturday
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August 28, 2020
Caldwell-Pope (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's Game 5 against the Trail Blazers.
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Probable again for Game 5
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August 26, 2020
Caldwell-Pope (knee) is probable for Wednesday's Game 5 matchup with the Trail Blazers.
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