Detroit Pistons NBA Draft: 4 Players to watch heading into March

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Detroit Pistons, Cade Cunningham
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Detroit Pistons Draft: Cade Cunningham is the dream scenario

Cunningham has lived up to all hype surrounding him at Oklahoma State so far this season. The freshman guard has impressed on both ends of the floor, using his elite size and length to impact the game in several ways.

Aside from his size, Cunningham’s skillset is NBA-ready. He’s already shown the ability to be a great playmaker, averaging 18.7 points and 3.6 assists per game on a team with average talent surrounding him. At 6-foot-8, Cunningham can shoot over smaller defenders and is quick enough to blow by flat-footed bigs that are switched on to him.

He has been key to the Cowboys’ surprising success this season, leading the charge in upset wins over Kansas, Texas and Texas Tech. If he’s able to showcase his talents and lead this team far in postseason play, pencil him in as the #1 overall pick.

It’s not often you find a player that has his combination of polished skills with as much room to grow like Cunningham. We’re talking multiple-time all-star as a floor assuming he can stay healthy.

If the Pistons are lucky enough to get their hands on Cunningham, it would be noteworthy to see how they would develop him alongside Killian Hayes. He seems like a more natural long-term fit at point guard with his playmaking ability and vision but can also play well off-ball. Hayes is a pure point guard but has struggled in his very short stint to start his career.