Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons will add to the deep talent pool of point guards in the Eastern Conference.
The East is probably still not as good as the West in terms of overall depth, but the conference has balanced the scales over the last few seasons, largely due to the number of talented point guards.
Point guard is arguably the most important position in the NBA now and the East has some good ones, with every team in the conference having at least a decent player running the point.
Where do you think Cade Cunningham ranks? I should add a disclaimer that I am a fan of the Detroit Pistons and my rankings will reflect that bias.
When making these rankings, I went more with the subjective eye test instead of just using raw statistics. I am also factoring potential and defense into this, which is why you will see some younger players higher on the list than you might think.
Detroit Pistons: Ranking the Eastern Conference point guards #15-13
#15 Ricky Rubio- Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs have a few guards that I could list here but Collin Sexton and Darius Garland play more off the ball and Rubio is the only true point guard on the team.
Rubio is a throwback to when point guards mostly made plays for others and didn’t shoot, as he has always been an amazing passer but not a prolific scorer. He is also a good defender, so I don’t mean this as an insult to Rubio, there are just some very good players on this list.
#14 Spencer Dinwiddie- Washington Wizards
Dinwiddie is coming off an injury that kept him out all of last season, which didn’t stop him from signing a fat 3-year deal with the Wizards.
Dinwiddie, who was traded away by the Detroit Pistons, evolved into a 20+ ppg scorer who can shoot the 3-ball, but it will be interesting to see how this injury affects him going forward.
#13 Dennis Schroder- Boston Celtics
Talk about betting on yourself and losing. Dennis Schroder turned down a huge contract extension from the Lakers in favor of free agency and was reportedly seeking a deal in the $120 million range.
The league collectively laughed at that idea and Schroder ended up signing a 1 year/$5.9 million deal to play with the Celtics. Schroder is a very good player (not worth a $100 million) so this is one of the best value contracts in the league. I hate the Celtics, as this will probably work out for them.