When Cade Cunningham was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the first overall pick, there were high expectations for him. After years of mediocrity, fans hoped the Oklahoma State alum would be the franchise cornerstone for the team. Being the first overall pick tends to put that sort of expectations on your shoulders.
A certain Pistons legend, though, doesn't seem to believe that the rookie can't be the leader of this team. Dave Bing, a Hall of Famer who played for Detroit from 1966 to 1975, thinks that Cade Cunningham isn't the team's franchise player. (via Pistons Talk)
“ I think he’s going to be an All-Star caliber player, I don’t think he’s a guy you build your team around… we still gotta get that guy. We don’t have it yet in my opinion. I also think our weakness is the backcourt. We gotta get a good point guard.”
Well, that's certainly a bold statement to say. Cunningham is certainly struggling in his rookie year, averaging 15.3 points on terrible shooting percentages along with 4.5 assists per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. Part of it may be an ankle problem that kept him out for a few weeks early in the season. He's had his moments, but his counting stats certainly don't look good.
However, it's way too early to determine if Cunningham is the Pistons' future star. He's played less than twenty games, and still has a long career ahead of him. Besides, it's normal for rookies to experience some growing pains when they enter the NBA. Let's wait a few more years before Pistons fans pull the plug on the Cade experiment.