Cade Cunningham was busy last season for the Detroit Pistons.
He carried a big burden on both ends, being the catalyst of the offense but often tasked with defending one of the other team’s best players.
Cade had the highest usage rate among rookies and was often left in difficult positions to make plays, which led to a lot of unnecessary turnovers.
I’d also say that Cade wasn’t able to rack up many “easy” assists on run outs, lobs and kick outs, mostly because the Pistons didn’t run much, didn’t have anyone that could catch a lob and didn’t have nearly enough shooting around Cade Cunningham.
Hopefully that is about to change, as the Detroit Pistons have made four key additions that should make Cade’s life a little easier next season.
Detroit Pistons: Offseason additions should benefit Cade Cunningham
The Pistons may not be done dealing, but they have already had a busy offseason that has seen four key additions to the roster.
The Pistons were able to grab both Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren in the 2022 NBA Draft, which was pretty incredible considering both were high atop their Big Board and they didn’t know if either of them would be available.
Ivey is the more likely of the two to contribute right away, but Duren already showed some flashes in Summer League of the player he is going to be, which is an athletic rim runner who sets quality screens and blocks shots.
The Pistons also added two veterans in a salary dump from the New York Knicks, but these guys can actually play.
Both Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks will give the Detroit Pistons solid veterans who know their roles, guys that have the perfect skillsets to help Cade Cunningham blow up in year two.
But who is going to help Cade the most?