Found June 27, 2013 on The Detroit Sports Site:
Trey Burke was on the board for the Detroit Pistons at No. 8 overall. So were Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams and Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum. But the Pistons passed on all of those players in favor of sharpshooting Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, in a move that’s sure to leave Pistons (and Michigan basketball fans) talking for years. That decision became even more curious just moments later, when Minnesota took Burke at No. 9 and promptly flipped him to Utah for a pair of first-round picks (14 and 21). Caldwell-Pope, 6-foot-5 and 205, averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season for the Bulldogs, while shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. He has exceptional range, which is something the Pistons have been coveting. Still, the universe seemed to be aligning a Burke-to-Detroit moment with a flurry of unexpected choices early in the draft, including Anthony Bennett being taken No. 1 overall. Bennett had been mocked to the Pistons by a large number of experts in the days leading up to the 2013 draft. Detroit, too, was believed to be in the market for a pure point guard so Brandon Knight could stay at shooting guard. Instead, Caldwell-Pope’s arrival all but guarantees that Knight will be back at the point guard spot to open next season, with Rodney Stuckey likely suiting up for another team.
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