Pistons News: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Looks Primed For Starting Role Opening Night

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Despite all the hype surrounding the Detroit Pistons' roster changes, it looks as if all five of the team's opening night starters will at least have one year of prior service with the team.

According to Vincent Goodwill Jr. of the Detroit News, "after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope practiced for the first time since his knee injury two weeks ago, it appears it'll take something unlikely to keep him from the first five, along with Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings and Kyle Singler."

That particular five-man lineup didn't start a game as a unit for the Detroit Pistons last season.

New head coach Stan Van Gundy is playing things close to the vest, unwilling to call Caldwell-Pope a go at this juncture.

"We'll go Tuesday, we'll see. Right now it looks like he'll play," Van Gundy said. "Will we start him? I don't know. He practiced today, he went up and down. That was a positive.

Caldwell-Pope did not practice on Saturday, but looked good enough on Sunday (and close enough to training camp form) that it appears all but a lock that he'll be ready for Wednesday's opener in Denver.

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