DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Pistons first game in the Orlando Pro Summer League provided an opportunity for coaches and fans to get an early look at the shooting capabilities of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who the Pistons drafted in the first-round in the NBA Draft.
Instead we saw the Southeastern Conference player of the year have a productive day defensively; however, his offensive performance was not as productive.
The No. 8 draft pick out of Georgia scored four points but shot 1-for-10 from the field and missed his first eight attempts as the Pistons went on to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 76-67.
Pope was very active on defense as he used his feet and hands, which helped him earn multiple pass deflections while acquiring a block in the first half against the Nets.
The second round picks of the Pistons 2013 rookie class had more productive scoring debuts. Forward Tony Mitchell put up seven points and six rebounds while point guard Peyton Siva added six points and six assists.
Pope was aggressive on offense but couldn’t capitalize as he took eight three-point attempts, but missed them all. He also tried finishing on fast break play in the first half, rising for a one-handed slam and could’ve made it had he not been fouled.
The Pistons continue their NBA summer league schedule on Monday, July 8 when they faced the Boston Celtics at 3 p.m. at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
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