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Former Georgia star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returns to the NBA Finals

Former Georgia Bulldog Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is returning to the NBA Finals for the second time in his career. Caldwell-Pope previously won an NBA championship in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Caldwell-Pope and the Denver Nuggets swept the Lakers in the Western Conference finals. No. 1 seed Denver Nuggets will face the winner of the Eastern Conference finals (Boston or Miami) in the NBA Finals.

Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope celebrates beating the Los Angeles Lakers in game four of the Western Conference finals. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets struggled some during the final weeks of the NBA regular season, but rallied in the NBA postseason. Denver relies on star center Nikola Jokic, who is putting together a historic playoff run.

The Nuggets count on shooting and defense from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell-Pope has connected on a career-high 42.3% of 3-pointers throughout the regular season.

Caldwell-Pope averaged 14.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in the Western Conference finals. The former Georgia product is the last Bulldog remaining in the NBA postseason. The finals start on June 1.

Caldwell-Pope played basketball at Georgia from 2011-2013.


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Story originally appeared on UGA Wire