The lights came on in the big building 5000 people showed up to preview the new season and Detroit Pistons rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope still didn't blink.

That's appropriate because he hasn't had a single glitch since training camp began.

"He has never ever looked out of place" head coach Maurice Cheeks said after Saturday's open practice at The Palace of Auburn Hills. "I think that's huge for me and probably for him as well. I think for a rookie never to look out of place when he's playing with veterans is always a plus.

"He never changes his appearance. His work ethic is there. He makes shots. He's just good."

One week into training camp Cheeks is closing in on deciding who will start at shooting guard in the preseason opener. The easy decision would be Rodney Stuckey. The popular decision might be Chauncey Billups.

Caldwell-Pope is trying to force a different decision altogether.

"I hope so" he said when asked if he thinks he'll start Tuesday's preseason opener. "I'm fighting for the spot. If not I'll just sit back and wait my turn and get whatever minutes are given to me. But if I do start that would be a blessing."

Caldwell-Pope has impressed coaches and teammates alike with his attentiveness on both ends of the floor. His spate of errant shooting during Orlando Pro Summer League has not reappeared.