The top pick in the 2021 NBA Draft finally got to enjoy his debut.
Cade Cunningham started in his first game since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Pistons this year, finishing with two points, seven rebounds, and two assists in Detroit’s first win of the season, a 110-103 victory over Orlando.
The 6-foot-6 guard made his presence felt right away, stripping the ball loose and diving on the floor to force a 24-second shot clock violation.
Cade Cunningham hustling in his NBA debut 👏 pic.twitter.com/5Ar1Alvu5S
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 30, 2021
The stage is set for tonight.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) October 30, 2021
Casey said pregame that Cunningham would be on a minutes restriction of 20-25 minutes as he recovers from an ankle injury that forced him to miss the Pistons’ first four games of the season.
#Pistons Dwane Casey says Cade Cunningham is set to play 20-25 minutes.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) October 30, 2021
The Pistons’ first overall No. 1 pick since 1970, Cunningham figures to be a fixture in a franchise that hasn’t advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since 2008.