Cade Cunningham
19-Year-Old GuardG
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.
College/International 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.

Goes No. 1 overall to Detroit
GDetroit Pistons
July 29, 2021
Cunningham was selected by the Pistons with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
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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).
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Expected to go No. 1
GFree Agent
July 29, 2021
Cunningham is expected to be drafted with the first overall pick by the Pistons in the 2021 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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