Day two of the 2014 Summer League brought us probably one of the best games we’ll see in Orlando this week. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had himself quite a game. The combo guard out of Georgia is heading into the sophomore season of his career, and with new coach Stan Van Gundy watching, KCP put on a show.
Starting at shooting guard alongside Peyton Siva, Caldwell-Pope dropped 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He shot 10/20 from the field including 4/8 from beyond the three-point line. This is coming off a game just the day before in which he scored 26 points and had 6 steals against the Houston Rockets.
Against the Memphis Grizzlies, KCP kept up his level of play. By the end of the first half, Kentavious had 21 points. Sure, it’s coming against weaker competition since it’s only Summer League, but KCP has proved himself worthy of a chance to start. His averages through two games are 28 points per game, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals on 46.2% in both FG% and 3P%.
We’ve yet to see exactly what Stan Van Gundy wants to do with this team, but from what we can tell from these first two Summer League games, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sure wants to be a part of it.