With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be one of the few familiar faces on head coach Luke Walton’s roster in 2018-19. Caldwell-Pope, who inked a 1-year deal to join the Lakers back in the summer of 2017, opted to re-sign with the team for another year. The swingman served as the team’s starting shooting guard for much of the season, and he could return to that role in October.
Caldwell-Pope started in all 74 games in which he appeared last season, averaging 13.4 PPG and 5.2 RPG. He could find himself in a similar role to that of J.R. Smith’s in Cleveland. Now playing alongside LeBron–much like Smith during their tenure with the Cavaliers–Caldwell-Pope will function as a 3-and-D player, be it in a starting role or off the bench. He will be tasked with guarding some of the opponents’ toughest guards, and he should gather cleaner looks with LeBron James facilitating the offense.
Through five seasons, Caldwell-Pope’s greatest asset might be his durability. He has never appeared in less than 74 games, making him a reliable option for his coach.
The 25-year-old guard spent the first four seasons of his career with the Detroit Pistons before joining the Lakers. He will continue to add valuable depth to the Lakers, who added a number of veterans during the offseason.
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