It was pretty much game over this season for the Detroit Pistons when Cade Cunningham had surgery on his ailing shin.
It was an injury that has bothered him since high school, so the only upside to losing their best player in his second season is that he has the chance to be fully healthy for the first time in his career, which should have fans excited.
This is especially true when you consider the development of the two Pistons’ rookies, who have both flashed signs of future stardom themselves and will be even better once they are playing with Cunningham.
Both rookies were recently named as Rising Stars in the upcoming All-Star weekend, so the Pistons have three exciting pieces to build around.
While the fit between Ivey and Cunningham may be tricky at times, they should be able to figure it out, as both are smart, hardworking players who care about winning and will adjust their roles accordingly.
But one fit that should be effective right away on both ends of the floor is that between Cade Cunningham and Jalen Duren, who have a chance to carry the Detroit Pistons next season.
The sample size is small, but what we’ve seen so far should give fans hope that the misery is soon to come to an end.