Houston Rockets Rumors: How Kentavious Caldwell-Pope fits in Houston

Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Three-point efficiency and slashing

KCP is one of those guys who can be considered a disappointment if you look solely at his draft position and then look at what he’s done so far in his NBA career. The Pistons selected him 8th overall from Georgia in the 2013 draft.

When someone is selected 8th overall, they’re expected to become a star, plain and simple. KCP has not been able to do that, in fact, he’s come nowhere close to reaching that level in his 5+ seasons in the NBA. But, that’s okay he’s carved out a role that will keep in the NBA for a long, long time.

One of the things he’s done to carve out a role for himself is he has shaped his offensive game to match the trend of the NBA. He has the ability to knock down threes at a good clip and he can also attack the basket and convert at a decent rate.

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That is exactly what the Houston Rockets do and thrive at on offense. They shoot threes and they slash and attack the basket. Since KCP is particularly adept at both of these things, he would fit into the offense like a gem.

He’s been slightly less efficient than he has in years past but he’s also playing his lowest amount since his rookie season. In fact, if you look at his straight game-by-game numbers, he hasn’t been as good but his per 36-minute numbers are nearly identical.

If KCP can come into Houston and see a bump in minutes, which could very well be likely, he could slide into a groove and get those efficiency numbers back to where they were last year in Los Angeles, this Houston Rockets team could be infinitely better for it.