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Mar 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) is defended by LSU Tigers guard Malik Morgan (24) during the second round of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Draft Profile

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shooting guard/small forward)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 204 lbs

Wingspan: 6’8”

Max Vertical Leap: 34.5”

NBA Comparison:

 Evan Turner popped into my head when thinking about Caldwell-Pope. Good shooting stroke, and mostly on pull-up jumpers inside the three-point line with the athletic and physical ability to get better in all facets of the game, sounds like Turner.

Strengths:

  • Great off-the-dribble offensively
  • DraftExpress.com says, “Excellent scoring instincts”
  • Has the work ethic to get better as seen by vast improvement from freshman to sophomore seasons in college at Georgia.

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to work on ball-handling skills
  • Needs to work on finishing at the rim
  • Needs to get stronger to be in the paint more

How he fits with the Suns:

He could be a decent player in the NBA, but not really what the Suns need. They need someone who has the ball-handling skills to create their own shot, which is basically the thing Caldwell-Pope doesn’t have. Also, DraftExpress.com has him going 12th overall which isn’t realistically in range of any of Phoenix’s draft picks.

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