When Cade Cunningham saw his first 3-pointer go in, it set the tone for the rest of the night as the No. 1 overall pick led the Detroit Pistons to their first win on Friday in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Cunningham produced a team-high 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes of work during the 93-87 win over the New York Knicks. He shot 8-of-14 from the field, including a blistering 7-of-10 from 3-point range.
His seven 3s were tied for the most this year in a summer league game.
“My jumper felt good,” Cunningham said. “I think I hit the first one and anytime you see the first one go through, it’s a good feeling. Anytime I can get an open one, I’m going to let it fly regardless of how my shot is going because I know how much work I put in.
“They gave me a couple of good ones and my teammates were finding me making sure they were hitting me in my spots so I was just trying to pay them back for that.”
Cunningham was a 40% shooter from beyond the arc in college and has shown little issue adjusting to the longer NBA 3-point line. In three games with the Pistons, Cunningham is averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 50% shooting (13-of-26) from 3-point range.
The outside shooting from Cunningham is a small preview of what he brings to the Pistons. He has shown the ability to play as the lead guard and off of the ball. When he is without the ball, he can give the Pistons great floor spacing.
Cunningham has very much looked the part of being the top pick and his performance on Friday is a strong indication that he will be able to beat teams with his shooting.
That is certainly something the Pistons will welcome next season.
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