The Detroit Pistons have found the new face of their franchise.
The Pistons selected Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State with the first overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old forward was expected to be selected No. 1 for months, but now he will officially start his career in Detroit.
Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his lone season in college. He earned All-Big 12 first-team, Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Rookie of the year awards as well as making the Consensus All-America first team.
The 6-foot-8 swingman from Arlington, TX is now the centerpiece of a rebuilding roster that also includes Jerami Grant (22.3 PPG,4.6 RPG), the Pistons don’t have many assets on the roster. Detroit’s second-leading scorer — from a 20-52 squad — was Josh Jackson who put up 13.4 PPG.
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The Pistons have not won a playoff series since 2008, when they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics. Cunningham will look to change the fortune in Detroit.