2021 NBA Draft mock #1: Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham
Cunningham is the consensus number one pick. The 6’8 point guard out of Oklahoma State has all the tools. NBA teams have messed this up in recent years. LaMelo Ball has quickly become the frontrunner for best player in the 2020 class with Luka Doncic stealing the show in 2018, but neither was draft number one. Taking a big point guard with immense skill is the fastest way to climb the standings.
Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals in 35.4 minutes per game during his lone college season. The 19-year-old impressively shot 40.0 percent on his 155 NCAA 3-point attempts, despite not being surrounded by spacers and shooters.
The former Cowboy should make an instant impact in the NBA. His game will pop more at the next level as the shooting and floor spacing improves. He can handle the ball, make plays, shoot, score, rebound, and has the tools to be a plus defender. The 6’8 teenager can do it all and continues to improve.
Cade Cunningham has the potential to be a multiple-time All-NBA player that alters his franchise. Teams will be praying hard on lottery night that they land the top pick and the right to draft the incredible 19-year-old. The Pistons jump up one spot and land Cunningham in this mock.
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