July 30, 2021
(Reuters) – Pistons chose Oklahoma State University’s Cade Cunningham in the top pick of the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday, giving Detroit a dynamic 6-foot-8-point guard for the NBA.
19-year-old Cunningham was named the Big 12 Players of the Year after his cowboy season and joined the young Pistons team, who chose three players in the first round of last year’s draft.
Originally from Texas, he said he couldn’t have realized his dream without the support of his parents and his two-year-old daughter Riley. Riley kissed her cheek after being called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at Barclays Center in New York.
“I know my name was the first one called, but I didn’t do this myself. I have the best pick family,” said emotional Cunningham. rice field.
“She is my biggest motivation,” he said of Riley. “She taught me in a way I had never been taught, and I think this is a good step for me.”
Cunningham will be cutting work for him when he joins the Pistons team, which ended 20-52 last season and ended at the last place of the Eastern Conference.
“Detroit, I’ve been in all the time!” He said.
“let’s do it!”
Cunningham compares the Hall of Fame with the seven-time All-Star Grant Hill, which was ranked third overall by the Pistons in 1994 and helped turn the struggling franchise around.
The Houston Rockets chose Jalen Green second overall, adding the athletic shooting guards they spent last season in the NBA G League. The Cleveland Cavaliers chose USC shotblock tycoon Evan Mobley in 3rd place.
(Report by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, edited by Himani Sarkar and Karishma Singh)
NBA-Piston Selects Oklahoma State University Cunningham with No. 1 Pick in Draft
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