The Detroit Pistons selected Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State University with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
It is widely expected that Cunningham will become New York’s first name, although Pistons general manager Troy Weaver will not reveal plans earlier this week and said the team will consider every situation, including trades.
In the end, Detroit insisted on the 19-year-old’s potential first choice before stepping onto the Oklahoma State University campus.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound point guard is from Arlington, Texas. His size and smooth game live up to expectations and become the Associated Press’s national first team. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. This game allowed him to hit a three-pointer, score a dribble or find a teammate out of a trap.
Cunningham wore a dark suit, shirt and tie, with gleaming necklines and cuffs, and participated in the draft. When the draft pick was announced, Cunningham kissed his 2-year-old daughter Riley who was sitting on his lap, then hugged his family, and went on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, wearing a blue top. Colored Pistons team hat.
“It’s still very surreal to me,” Cunningham said. “I know how much responsibility it has to be the No. 1 pick.”
Cunningham-the first player in Oklahoma’s history to be selected as number one-joined the Pistons, which won 20 games for two consecutive seasons and did not exceed 0.500 points for five consecutive years.
Houston followed closely and caught the young Jaylen Green who was preparing to enter the professional player, who bypassed college basketball to enter the G League. The 6-foot-6-inch Green scored an average of 17.9 points with 46% shooting in 15 games, demonstrating high-flying dunks, willingness to attack the basket, and hopeful shooting touch.
After James Harden was traded to Brooklyn, Green is now part of the Houston reconstruction project. The Rockets entered the night with three first-round picks after winning the lowest 17 games in the league.
“They would say it was a good choice because I set goals for myself,” Green said. “I plan to contact them.”
Next came Evan Mobley, a newcomer in Southern California, who went to Cleveland in third place. The 7-foot-long big man has the potential to become a mobile big man, with height and switch versatility. He swept the Pac-12 individual honors, became one of the best shot-blockers in the United States, and helped the Trojan enter the NCAA regional finals for the first time in 20 years.
Then came the first surprise of the night. Florida State University forward Scotty Barnes went to Toronto with the No. 4 pick. Barnes is a flexible and versatile 6-8 forward with the potential to become a strong playmaker and elite defender.
This made Gonzaga new point guard Jalen Suggs ranked fifth in the Orlando Magic game, and then the Oklahoma City team once again surprisingly snatched the 6 feet 8 inch tall boy Joe from Australia. Shigidi-is considered a potential lottery player.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic interrupting the 2019-20 season, the draft was later than the traditional late June period for the second year in a row. The 2021-22 season plans to return to the normal schedule, and next year’s draft is again scheduled for June.
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