Cunningham was selected by the Pistons with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Dating back to the start of the college basketball season, Cunningham has been the wire-to-wire favorite to be the top pick in the draft. And while the Pistons did their due diligence on Jalen Green and Evan Mobley, Cunningham's blend of size, shooting and passing proved too difficult to pass up. The 19-year-old will step in as easily the Pistons' top asset, and he figures to immediately take over as the team's primary initiator as a rookie. Detroit did draft another ball handler in the lottery a year ago (Killian Hayes), but Cunningham is the caliber of prospect whose development will be the franchise's top priority going forward. In 27 games at Oklahoma State last season, Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three (5.7 3PA/G).
Cunningham is expected to be drafted with the first overall pick by the Pistons in the 2021 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Pistons are still reportedly fielding offers for the No. 1 pick, but if it's not traded, Cunningham is expected to be selected by Detroit. Assuming that's the case, Cunningham will join the rebuilding Pistons, where he and Killian Hayes will be the focus of the future. Cunningham is coming off an excellent season at Oklahoma State, where he averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 35.4 minutes and was named Big 12 Player of the Year.
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