Strengths:(Photo: Hawks Basketblog)
In addition to his range and excellent shooting, he also has very good court vision which makes him a dynamic passer. Caldwell-Pope isn't a one-trick pony as he also is a fabulous defender as well. He carries his weight on both ends of the floor which makes him extremely valuable to any team.
He didn't shoot particularly well at the NBA Combine but that has not seemed to bother teams as they feel that what he showed at Georgia and how he interviewed were enough to judge him. Teams appear to be attracted to his knowledge of the game in addition to his abilities on the court.
He struggles with his ball handling ability which could cause some issues as he gets into professional ball and faces competition with quick pick-pocketing ability. Surprisingly, as good as his shooting ability is, he does not have a consistent mid-range game.
Both of these "knocks" on Caldwell-Pope can be worked on and fixed with more practice at the higher level. Neither of them should prevent him from contributing immediately to a team in the lottery. Plus, the Sixers take too many deep two-point shots anyways so his mid-range game might fit right in!
Fit with 76ers:
The 76ers need scoring and Caldwell-Pope could be the guy to bring them just that. He is the type of player that isn't afraid to have the ball in his hands in the final minutes of the game and teams would want him to have the ball. In addition to the obvious need that he would fill, he also could be Sam Hinkie's kind of guy. Caldwell-Pope is said to have been rated very high by the analytic contingent which is Hinkie's niche.
He appears to be high on the Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 9 overall) and Portland Trail Blazers (No. 10 overall) draft boards. It would be a surprise if Caldwell-Pope fell to the Sixers at No. 11 overall but, if he were still available when they picked, I think it would be tough-to-impossible to pass up on this kid.
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