Detroit Pistons: How Cade Cunningham would fit with Killian Hayes

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If the Detroit Pistons end up in the top-five of the draft, there is a good chance they will take a guard, so they have to consider how that player will fit with Killian Hayes.

Cade Cunningham is currently the consensus number one pick, though guys like Jalen Suggs and Evan Mobley certainly helped their cases with strong tournaments.

If the Detroit Pistons lucked out and got the number one pick, Cunningham would certainly be an option even though they already have a young point guard in Killian Hayes.

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Fans often worry about “fit” way before it is necessary, as the Detroit Pistons are still rebuilding and need to amass as much talent as possible regardless of position.

Troy Weaver will take the best player available no matter what position they play, even if it means shuffling around some of the players they already have.

But it’s fair to wonder what a backcourt of Hayes and Cunningham would look like, so let’s indulge for a minute and pretend it happened. Here is why this pairing could be special.

Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham can play off the ball

Cunningham played point guard this season but he is no stranger to playing off the ball. He is more of a scorer than a facilitator at this point, so there is no reason he couldn’t play the two-guard alongside Killian Hayes at the point.

Cunningham has the size of a wing, so he can play all over the place, and given that he was a 40 percent 3-point shooter in college, he might be best served playing more off the ball.

Cunningham also averaged four turnovers per game in college, which is not great, though he did have a very high usage rate.

Killian Hayes has shown himself to be a gifted passer but his scoring is still coming around, so he could continue to run the point.

Both guys have the size to play either guard position or even on the wing, so who brings the ball up the floor shouldn’t really matter. In fact, having two big point guards would be a huge advantage.