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.
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.