If there was any uncertainty as to where Cunningham would land, that didn’t seem to exist with the player himself. Cunningham told reporters he hasn’t met the Rockets. In addition to meeting the brass from the Pistons, Cunningham attended a Detroit Tigers home game, where fans chanted, “We want Cade! “
“I wanted to meet the team that had the No.1 pick because I feel like I was the No.1 pick,” Cunningham said last week. “So I met Detroit. They are the ones who have the choice. If the Rockets are going for the No.1 pick, then, you know, maybe I’ll meet them if there’s enough time.
Cunningham will join a Pistons team that finished last season 20-52, the second-worst record in the league. But there were a few bright spots, like the game of 27-year-old forward Jerami Grant, who had a career year, and Killian Hayes, last year’s 20-year-old Pistons lottery pick, who has showed bursts of star potential. as a playmaker.
The Knicks had two first-round picks entering the draft. The first came at No.19, when the team selected Kai Jones, who played two college seasons in Texas.
Halfway through the first round, Commissioner Adam Silver paid tribute to Terrence Clarke, the 19-year-old University of Kentucky basketball star who was killed in a car crash in April. He was to be drafted in the first round. Silver announced that Clarke was drafted into the league with an honorary first-round pick. Clarke’s family members appeared on stage with Silver as the crowd at Barclays Center chanted Clarke’s name.