An MRI has discovered no structural damage in the injured knee of
Caldwell-Pope will be sidelined for the team's next three preseason games, but the injury shouldn't affect is availability during the regular season. The team is hoping to get elite defense from the second-year guard this season, but his effectiveness could be limited if the injury lingers at all.
"You always look at players first to their strengths, where can a guy be great," Van Gundy said. "I think he can be an elite defender in this league at the two guard and we’ll look for that every night. I think he is a high-energy guy who can get up and down the floor and attack the basket in transition. Those two things have got to be his foundation."
Caldwell-Pope averaged 24 points per game in the Summer League. However, he's still not at the stage in his career where the Pistons are counting on him to be one of their top scorers.
"On the offensive end, he’s going to have to slow down a little bit, get under control, and like a lot of people it will come down to how many shots he can make, how efficient he can be shooting the ball, how consistent can you be," Van Gundy said. "But I think he’s got a great foundation with the defense and energy that will get him on the floor and give him a chance to develop in those other areas."
Caldwell-Pope played a bit more than Jerebko, but was hardly any more productive. He finished with just five points and two rebounds in 14 minutes, while Jerebko also added five points and a pair of rebounds in just 10 minutes.
Jerebko is averaging just 3.0 points per game for the season, while Caldwell-Pope is averaging just 6.4 as a rookie.
It was Caldwell-Pope's highest point total since scoring 14 on Jan. 5, and he saw at least 40 minutes of action for the second straight game. He hadn't reached 40 minutes in a game until Saturday. Caldwell-Pope also tallied two rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss. He has averaged 7.4 points and 2.3 rebounds over 41 games played.
Caldwell-Pope managed to score just two points in 29 minutes of action, missing all but one of his field-goal attempts. He added three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes, while missing all three of his 3-pointers.
Caldwell-Pope managed to score 31 points in his previous two games on 13 of 19 combined shooting, his highest two-game total yet. The No. 8 overall pick is averaging 7.0 points per game in his rookie season.
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