Pistons take Cade Cunningham with No. 1 pick
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Cade Cunningham (photo courtesy of AP)

(NEW YORK) - It's been a long time since the Detroit Pistons were a factor in the Eastern Conference. They're hoping Cade Cunningham can be the player to finally get them back to prominence after making the Oklahoma State star the top overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in New York. The 6 foot 8 guard from Dallas will be asked to try to lead the Pistons back into the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has made the postseason three times in the past 12 seasons but hasn't won a playoff game since reaching the East finals for a sixth straight time in 2008. The Pistons will hope that can finally change after some luck in last month's NBA draft lottery landed them the top overall pick for the first time since 1970. That year, Detroit drafted a future Hall of Famer in St. Bonaventure center Bob Lanier. The Pistons will be thrilled to get anywhere near the same outcome this time around, as Cunningham joins a roster featuring a couple of impressive players from last year's draft in forward Saddiq Bey and center Isaiah Stewart, plus last year's free-agent signing Jerami Grant, who is now playing with Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.