It wasn’t the ideal start for Pistons first-round pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in his Summer League debut.

He missed his first eight shots from the field, seven of them from long range, in the Pistons’ 76-67 win against the Brooklyn Nets Sunday evening.

Overall, he went 1-of-10 with four points, three rebounds and four turnovers in 23 minutes.

“I just told him you can’t be nervous,” said Andre Drummond, who was in Caldwell-Pope’s shoes last year. “The first day he came in he wouldn’t shoot. I told him to shoot the ball. You take threes and pullups. The second day he got more comfortable. I’m gonna stay on him.”

His shooting struggles didn’t prevent him from getting after it defensively to mixed results, showing some deceptive athleticism along the way.

Nets rookie forward Mason Plumlee caught Caldwell-Pope for a dunk on a fast break early in the first quarter after spinning off a defender, as Caldwell-Pope came late to contest it.

Caldwell-Pope got his comeuppance though, blocking a weak-side layup attempt later in the first half and earning his first field-goal, courtesy of a fast-break layup from Peyton Siva and getting fouled.

His activity on the defensive end was expected, which was noted by assistant coach and Summer League head coach Maz Trakh, who like Maurice Cheeks, came from Oklahoma City.

“Coach Cheeks is really high on deflections, having your hands up. A lot of times, players will throw the ball into your hands just being there,” Trakh said. “His hands are really good. His base is good, he’s always in his stance which is not usual for rookies. They’re usually one-dimensional. He’s a pretty good two-way player.”

Otherwise, it was a rough start for the eighth pick in the draft, which mirrored the start for former Michigan star Trey Burke, who a large segment of Pistons fans clamored for the team to draft. Burke went 1-of-12 in the Jazz’s debut earlier in the day.