It appears as though the Detroit Pistons are down to two options as far as their starting shooting guard goes. Those options for head coach Maurice Cheeks look like they are Georgia Bulldogs rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and veteran Rodney Stuckey.
Both players want to be the starter and obviously the competition should help both guards push each other to be better.
“It’s fun. We laugh about it, we joke about it,” Caldwell-Pope told David Mayo of MLive.com. “At the same time, we’re also serious about it, because we are playing for the same position. It’s great to compete against someone who’s been here, who’s older than me. It’s a great challenge.”
As Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk points out, the other four starting spots seem to be filled by Andre Drummond (center), Greg Monroe (power forward), Josh Smith (small forward) and Brandon Jennings (point guard).
Stuckey, a six year veteran out of Eastern Washington was selected by the Pistons with the 15th overall pick in 2007 draft. Last season, he averaged 11.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Caldwell-Pope was the eighth overall pick of this year’s draft. At Georgia last season, he averaged 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.