Caldwell-Pope impressed new Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy with his play this summer, NBA.com reports. "He opened my eyes a lot," Van Gundy said. "More than anything what opened my eyes was the intensity and energy he brings to the floor every time he plays. He’s an all-out guy all the time - practices, games. The other thing I saw is a real competitive side to him that I wasn't really aware of but I saw a real resolve and toughness and competitiveness that I came out excited just by his approach and his mental makeup in the way he goes about things."