Kentavious Caldwell-Pope feels he has a lot more to prove

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers attends the game against the Golden State Warriors on July 8, 2019 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returned to the Lakers this offseason on a two-year deal. Caldwell-Pope joins Kyle Kuzma as the longest-tenured player on the team. The former Piston joined the Lakers during the 2017 offseason. During his two years with the team, the team won 35 wins and followed up the next season with 37. Being on those two teams that missed out on the postseason, you could say he’s driven to succeed.

Caldwell-Pope stated that he wanted to come back because he felt like he had much to prove (from Mike Trudell).

During his first two years, he had a negative net rating, with his 18-19 being worse (defensive rating of 110.1). That second year also yielded a 34.7% mark from beyond the three-point line. There were 9 times out of the 82 games that he played where he attempted double-digit 3 pointers.

We won’t truly know how the Lakers will be using Caldwell-Pope this season. The most we know is that he will be coming off the bench behind Danny Green. There are also is the question as to how the spacing will look with so many shooters on the roster. Having Anthony Davis and LeBron James will help open up more opportunities for players, Caldwell-Pope included.  He was one of the better shooters (I use the term “better” liberally) the past two seasons. If he can fulfill his role as the 3&D player, it could help to maximize the team’s potential.

Author: Kendrew

The Filipino guy

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