Ranking the top-10 NBA rookies and sophomores: Where is Cade Cunningham?

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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Josh Giddey #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is guarded by Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Top-10 rookies and sophomores in the NBA

#7: Tyrese Maxey- Philadelphia 76ers

Sometimes these rankings are hard to make, as you have guys who are putting up big numbers on bad teams vs. guys who are secondary players on good ones.

On one hand, the guys on bad teams get more opportunities to put up stats, but on the other, the guys on good teams are playing with better teammates who make their lives easier.

Maxey is a secondary player on a good team but you can’t ignore his numbers, as he is averaging 16.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists on a team that is headed to the playoffs.

He has MVP candidate Joel Embiid making his life easier, but he has emerged as one of Philly’s top scoring options and is a big reason why they haven’t missed Ben Simmons all that much.

#6- Josh Giddey- OKC Thunder

Josh Giddey is a Jason Kidd-like point guard who makes everyone on his team better by doing a little bit of everything even though his shooting numbers (especially from 3-point range) are not that impressive.

Giddey is averaging 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists and looks like a lock for the All-Rookie team this season after being drafted 6th by the Thunder. Some people thought that was a reach for OKC but no one is saying that now, as Giddey looks like a guy they can build around.

The Thunder still stink, but like the Detroit Pistons, have a bright future that will revolve around a versatile point guard.