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Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham on the wrong side of history with shocking start

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After he missed several games to start the season due to an ankle injury, Cade Cunningham’s highly anticipated start to the 2021-22 season has been dreadful. Deemed the savior of Detroit Pistons basketball, the No. 1 overall pick has really struggled to score the ball.

Cunningham finished with two points in his first game, shooting 1-of-8 (12.5%) from the field and garnering the lowest field goal percentage since infamous draft bust Anthony Bennett. His second game proved to be no better, as he shot 2-of-14 and compiled a two-game stat line of 3-of-22 from the field, recording NBA history as the first player to have a sub .150 field goal percentage while attempting eight or more shots in each of his first two games.

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While there is some concern surrounding the former Oklahoma State guard, he has been a bright spot on the defensive end, grabbing steals and rejecting key shots. Additionally, he maintained poise and continued to shoot with confidence even with the constant misses in these first couple of games.

The young guard’s offensive production should show up at some point. He displayed the ability to score consistently at the college level and was a high-level prospect because of it. Cunningham’s tough start will become something he can use as a learning experience, as the Pistons drafted him so highly due to his immense skill set and potential. Whether it be the winning mentality he brought to Oklahoma State or his comparisons to superstar Luka Doncic, fans should wait to judge the rookie’s ability to succeed.