Cade Cunningham

20-Year-Old GuardG
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/30/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
While Detroit did its homework on the other top prospects, Cunningham was the relatively easy choice at No. 1 overall, and he'll enter his first NBA season as the clear-cut Rookie of the Year favorite. Similarly, the Oklahoma State product is the favorite to finish as the top fantasy player in the 2021 rookie class, thanks to a well-rounded stat profile that saw him average 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game last season. An excellent decision-maker and facilitator with prototypical size (6-8, 220lbs), Cunningham is also an efficient scorer who drilled 40 percent of his 5.7 three-point attempts per game at Oklahoma State. Like all rookies, Cunningham will inevitably go through some rough stretches, but in terms of fantasy value, he easily has the highest floor among the elite prospects. Given that he'll likely be handed the keys to the Pistons' franchise from Day 1, Cunningham projects to be the first rookie off the board in most standard leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $20.6 million contract with the Pistons in August of 2021. Contract includes $11.06 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Cunningham lived up to the hype and then some in his one-and-done season at Oklahoma State as a first-team All-American and Wooden Award Finalist. He led the Big 12 Conference in scoring (20.1 ppg) and minutes played (35.4 mpg) on his way to conference player of the year honors. That included a 40-point effort Feb. 27 against in-state rival Oklahoma in what was Cunningham's second double-double of the year. The 6-foot-8 forward -- who also possesses a 7-0 wingspan -- consistently impressed NBA scouts with his ball-handling ability (3.5 apg) and three-point shooting (40.0 percent), often taking on a point-forward role. Cunningham almost singlehandedly brought the Cowboys back to their first NCAA Tournament since 2016-17, even helping the program to its first tournament victory since 2008-09.

Scrimmaging in G League
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October 23, 2021
Cunningham (ankle), who is out for the Pistons' ongoing four-game road trip, is scheduled to scrimmage with the G League's Motor City Cruise, Johnny Kane of Bally Sports Detroit reports.
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Detroit's medical staff wants to get Cunningham as close to 100 percent as possible before making his debut. Scrimmaging with the G League will help Cunningham test his sprained right ankle and get his wind back. His first chance to take the court for the Pistons will be Oct. 30 against the Magic when the team returns from the road trip.
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Expected to miss road trip
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October 20, 2021
General manager Troy Weaver said Wednesday that Cunningham (ankle) likely won't make his debut until after the Pistons' upcoming three-game road trip that concludes Oct. 28 in Philadelphia, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. "He's pretty much day-to-day, but we need to ramp him up and get some conditioning going and get him acclimated to going full speed in 5-on-5," Weaver said. "Hopefully, we'll get him back sooner than later, but I would anticipate hopefully seeing him when we get back off the road."
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Ruled out for opener
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October 19, 2021
Cunningham (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's season opener against the Bulls.
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Back at practice
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October 18, 2021
Cunningham (ankle) resumed practicing Monday, but head coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to the rookie playing in Wednesday's season opener against the Bulls, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports. "When he's healthy, he'll be ready to go," Casey said of the rookie. "The medical people are being cautious, and rightfully so."
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Uncertain for opener
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October 17, 2021
Cunningham (ankle) didn't practice Sunday, but Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said the rookie is still working to play in Wednesday's season opener versus the Bulls, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. "He's on course," Casey said of Cunningham. "One thing we're not going to do is rush him back."
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Officially out Friday
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October 14, 2021
Cunningham (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers.
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