Cade Cunningham excited about Pistons offseason

Beaten by Scottie Barnes for the trophy of best rookie of the year, Cade Cunningham still clinched a spot in the top five rookies of the year, after ramping up over the months to finish at 17 points and over 5 rebounds and 5 assists on average.

With a rather interesting offseason with the acquisitions of two very promising rookies in Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren (waiting to find out what they will do with the three Knicks – Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel), the Pistons of Cunningham seem launched to background in their « youth » project.

« Coach Casey is the leader of the team and he really pushes me to improve defensively and accept the challenge of defending against the best defenders in the League », admits Cunningham, passing through as a commentator on NBA-TV. “It’s the culture we want to build with the Pistons. »

By wanting to reconnect with the glorious past of the Pistons, without necessarily going to the « Bad Boys » of the 1980s, Casey and his troop want above all to put the emphasis back on defense. And the former number 1 in the Draft, and leader of the new wave of Detroit, must be the most perfect embodiment.

play fast

As a result, the former Oklahoma State redoubled its efforts during the summer to maintain the momentum of its end of the season. As a reminder, Cunningham was still shooting 23 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in March (14 games).

“This offseason, I’ve been working a lot on my 3-pointers, on mastering my dribbling and on reducing my stray balls. All the little games I’m playing at the moment, I try to follow my stray balls and my assists. I want to take care of the ball so that I find more shots for my teammates. »

Seen last night in the front row on the edge of the field, alongside Killian Hayes, Isaiah Stewart, Saddiq Bey or even Saben Lee (who was also in a protective boot on his right foot), Cunningham is present in Las Vegas for keep in touch with his team. A young and dynamic team that wants to conquer the League based on fast and spectacular play!

“We want to play fast, we want to be an exciting team to follow, we want to send lob passes and we want to play together. This is the most important thing for us and what we try to advocate and what we will work on this year: move the ball quickly. »

Can’t wait to play with Jaden Ivey

It must be admitted that with Cunningham, Hayes, Lee and Ivey who will monopolize the minutes on the back lines, there will be speed and passing quality to spare. Cunningham can’t wait to play alongside a dragster like Ivey.

“He’s going to help my game a lot. For my part, I try to give him everything I learned in my first year so that he doesn’t have to learn on the job or through play. hear directly from my mouth. »

Absent from the playoffs since 2019, after a quick sweep against the Bucks for the troop led by Blake Griffin, Detroit can once again look to the future with optimism. The Pistons have a hard core of talented, hard-working young players.

« I couldn’t tell you how excited I am to play next season. The whole team is. Isaiah Stewart, Saddiq, we’re all super excited to have a great year. We are all hungry. We’ll see where it takes us. »

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