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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Georgia SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics [1] when they make their lone selection at No. 16.


Position: Shooting guard

School: Georgia

Age: 20

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 200 pounds

Achievements: SEC Player of the Year (2013), All-SEC first team (2013), SEC All-Freshman team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals

What he brings: Caldwell-Pope is an offensive threat due to his shooting ability. He averaged 21.8 points per 40 minutes and showed a great ability to knock down shots when coming off screens or spotting up. However, he also showed great athleticism and could finish at the rim against smaller defenders.

While Caldwell-Pope’€™s short wingspan leaves his defensive potential limited, he has shown the ability to be an effective wing defender, according to Draft Express’ scouting report [2]. He is a strong defender in isolation, but he needs to improve some flaws in off-ball movement ‘€” especially in pick-and-roll situations.

Notes: Caldwell-Pope was a bit inconsistent as a freshman but improved significantly as a sophomore in 2012-13. He is projected to be taken in the middle to late first round.

Recent articles:

AL.com: SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope rising in NBA mock drafts [3]

Detroit Free-Press: Pistons might have to decide between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Shabazz Muhammad [4]

Video: Here’€™s a scouting video [5] of Caldwell-Pope.