Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is currently serving a 25-day jail sentence for violating probation, according to the Los Angeles Times. The former Pistons star is serving his time at the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center in Orange County, California.
But despite the jail sentence, Caldwell-Pope is somehow still playing in practices and games for the Lakers under a work-release program. Caldwell-Pope is allowed to attend practice and play in Lakers games in California, as long as he’s wearing a GPS monitor outside of the detention center.
Caldwell-Pope's sentence stems from an incident that took place in Michigan in March. He was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated before pleading guilty to a lesser charge of allowing someone to drive his vehicle while under the influence. He was placed on probation for 12 months. But Caldwell-Pope reportedly failed to submit to mandatory alcohol and drug testing as part of the terms of his probation, which led to him being sentenced to jail time.
While Caldwell-Pope is able to play home games in California, he's going to miss a game in Houston on Dec. 31 and one in Minnesota on Jan. 1 since he's been barred from leaving the state. But he's expected to be at Friday’s game against the Warriors.
Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Lakers after playing in Detroit for four seasons. He’s currently third on the team in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game. The Lakers released a statement about Caldwell-Pope's unorthodox jail sentence, saying the team is "abiding by the terms of a program for Kentavious that were established for him by a court in the state of Michigan."
Jun 19, 2013, 11:55 am
Unlike the two players ranked above him, Caldwell-Pope posted fairly high usage numbers, as his 17.6 possessions per-game ranks fifth in this group (third among high-major conference SGs), and is a reflection of just how heavily Georgia relied on his ability to put the ball in the basket last season.
His play-type usage doesn't really stand out from the crowd, as he did a little bit of everything last season, but his 5.1 combined pick and roll and isolation possessions per-game does set him apart from McLemore and Oladipo, as he used more than twice as many possessions creating his own shot in the half court than any guard projected to be selected in the first round.
Caldwell-Pope's biggest weapon when he looked to score was his pull-up jump shot. With nearly three-quarters of his shot attempts coming from the perimeter in the half court, roughly half of which were off the bounce, he scored a second ranked 1.118 points per-shot as a pull-up jump shooter, an impressive mark relative to his average 1.066 points per-shot in catch and shoot situations.
If Caldwell-Pope has a weakness on paper, it is his average finishing ability relative to his peer group. A 55.6% shooter in transition and 53.7% shooter at the rim in half court situations, he hovers right around the mean in both categories. Turning the ball over on a sample second ranked 10.6% of his possessions, Caldwell-Pope's low turnover rate certainly helped compensate for his issues around the rim last season.
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