CADE CUNNINGHAM FROM OKLAHOMA STATE
Picked by – Detroit Pistons (NBA Championship betting odds = 501.00)
Measurements: 6’ 8” (2.03m) – 220 lbs (99.8kg)
Detroit Pistons have a new guard with a highly desirable combination of size, and skill that mean he was a shoe-in for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. We take a look at the latest Cade Cunningham NBA Odds, and his main attributes here:
But what specific in-game attributes does he display that made him such a heavy odds-on favourite above all others?
Well, a good place to start is the fact that he averaged 20.1 points (FG 43.8% 3P 40.0%), 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals in his first (and only) season in the NCAA. An outstanding effort, especially those 3-pointers.
As usual the stats tell us only part of the story. When watching Cunningham live he is assured and accomplished just about every time he touches the ball. He exudes confidence, and this rattles his opponents.
Measuring in at over 2m and almost 100kg, the 19-year-old is physically imposing enough to be a highly versatile, mobile forward, and he’s not afraid to use his size to his advantage.
His passing is on point and makes him actively dangerous even in defence.
While he changes direction and pace rapidly, and has a keen eye for the right pass to make, he’s not a particularly explosive player in terms of raw speed, but can and does score from all 3 levels.
It’s really his handling skills and ability to control the flow of movement and pace of the game that shine through though.
CAN CUNNINGHAM IMPROVE THE PISTONS?
To our eyes he is already pro-ready, and easily capable of playing Point Guard at the ultimate level for the Detroit Pistons.
They desperately need his injection of skill and confidence.
Finishing bottom of the Eastern Conference, and second last overall shows how much work The Pistons need to put in, and how much improvement they need to show.
NBA betting odds of 501.00 show that there is not much outside confidence in their chances this season, even with top pick.
No area needs more improvement than their number of points scored. Cunningham can really bring something to the party there, but needs serious backup overall from a team that languished at the wrong end of the table.