There is no doubt that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the best player at the Orlando Pro Summer League. It was another dominating performance for the 2nd year shooting guard. After a 26 point, 5 steal performance yesterday, KCP willed the Detroit Pistons Sunday afternoon.
The stud guard finished with 30 points on 10/20 shooting. He also pulled down a game high 12 rebounds.
Right out of gates it was Caldwell-Pope’s offense that kept the Pistons in the ballgame.
After burying a three pointer from the far side wing and drawing the and one, KCP grabbed his own rebound off the missed freebie and drained a three from the nearside wing to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
From there, he’d make all but two of the Pistons field goals in the opening frame– scoring 14 of Detroit’s 20 first quarter points. In the first half he tallied 21 of the Pistons 34 en route to a 85-82 win.
Peyton Siva had another solid performance at point guard. He was able to find the lane quite easily and slash to the hoop. His decision making was top notch again as he was very selective with his shot, especially on the perimeter. Siva did a great job of using his mid-range game on day two.
Every game he starts makes it harder for the Pistons to let him go.
He finished with 12 points on 6/12 shooting and 7 assists.
DeAndre Liggins had another solid performance at small forward. His athletic ability on defense was on display yet again. He held Grizzlies shooting guard Jordan Adams in check. Offensively, he finished with 8 points on 2/4 shooting and 4 rebounds.
Harper went 5-8 from the floor on his way to 11 total points. James added 6 points, but made his veteran presence known on the hardwood.
His play passed the NBA eye test.
Brian Cook, who started both of Detroit’s Summer League games, had an atrocious afternoon. The nine year veteran scored 4 points on 1-7 shooting and an 1-6 performance from downtown.
The Pistons finished the afternoon with 5 total points in the Orlando championship format. The only outscored Memphis in the 3rd quarter.
Detroit will have the day off on Monday, but will battle the Miami Heat on Tuesday.Tip off is set for 5 PM ET from the Amway Center practice facility in Orlando.