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Cade Cunningham makes NBA debut, helps Pistons to first win of season

The No. 1 overall pick has missed the beginning of the season due to an ankle injury.

Cade Cunningham plays 19 minutes in his NBA debut, finishing with 2 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 19 minutes.

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.

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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.

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.