Detroit Pistons Summer League legends: #3: Cade Cunningham
It makes sense that Cade is on this list, but then who comes in above him? Someone must have a more impressive resumé than him, which is saying a lot.
The 2021 first overall pick and near-Rookie of the Year was an impressive force in the Summer League last year. He took home second-team honors and scored the second-most points of any Piston in a single summer. That plaque probably looks really good next to his Rising Stars MVP trophy. I wonder which one he’s more proud of. Hopefully, he adds more hardware soon.
Cunningham averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 boards, and over a steal and a half in three games. Oh, and he also 13 of 26 from deep. Averaging 50 percent on that volume? Yeah, it was clear early on that he would be a star in the making. He scored 20 points twice and led the team in any single game with 24 points.
The only thing holding him back was the fact that the team went 3-2 that summer, but 1-2 when he was on the court. That’s not the best look ever, but Summer League is like AAU, not college. Individual performances matter a whole lot more than team success, and Cade balled out last summer.
This is Detroit, not Sacramento. We don’t care about Summer League championships. Detroit doesn’t have any, but they have a young star in the making who showed off a lot last summer, and then during the season when it mattered, too.