AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have picked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft, passing on a trio of potential point guards to take a versatile scorer who played college basketball at Georgia.
The 6-foot-5 Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points per game as a sophomore last season and shot 37 percent from 3-point range. Detroit has added big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in recent drafts, and they also took point guard Brandon Knight two years ago. That might be why they decided to pass on point guard Trey Burke of Michigan, a local favorite.
Kansas star Ben McLemore was taken one pick before Detroit’s turn. In addition to Burke, guards Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. McCollum were both available.