Why Cade Cunningham should play off the ball more for Pistons

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Pistons can help save Cade Cunningham’s legs

When Cade is off the ball he doesn’t have to work as hard for shots, which is important when a guy is playing heavy minutes.

Cade is 4th among rookies in minutes per game and has been logging big minutes of late, which is exactly what the Pistons want out of a rookie they are trying to get developmental reps.

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Those minutes will take less of a toll if they aren’t all with him on the ball trying to make plays. Cade Cunningham is the Pistons’ best isolation player and best weapon in the clutch, so they need to pick some spots to get him some less labor intensive buckets throughout the game to save those legs for when the game is on the line.

Ultimately, Cunningham is going to be a playmaker, but his versatility and ability to play both on and off the ball should make the Detroit offense better and give them more options when it comes to adding players in the future, as they can just add guards without worrying about position.

I do think Cade Cunningham is the point guard of the present and future for the Detroit Pistons, but mixing it up will be better for the team in the long run and better for him as well.

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