Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons definitely has a ton of potential but everyone can agree that he hasn’t reached it yet.
Cunningham has been in the league for two seasons now but he has only played in 76 games because of an injury that kept him on the sidelines for nearly all of 2022-23.
But the Pistons still envision him as the future of the franchise – and so do the other players in Detroit.
Speaking with Offseason O, Jaden Ivey talked about what Cunningham has planned for the new season.
“I think a lot of people are going to be shocked,” Ivey said, noting that the team and its plans will still run through Cunningham and his special brand of energy and skill.
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“He’s going to have a special season this season. He gives us a certain energy that we need to get that team going,” Ivey added.
During his first two seasons, Cunningham has produced 17.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists.
His production in his first full season was impressive although it wasn’t enough for him to earn Rookie of the Year.
When Cunningham went down last season, the Pistons were essentially frozen in place.
That is because the star is such a pivotal part of their plans.
Without him, they assumed the rest of the season was lost – and it was.
However, Ivey was impressive last year.
During his first season in 2022-23, he averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists on a 41.6% field goal percentage.
He had more responsibility because Cunningham was out and he showed that he could really step up and perform.
Now that Cunningham is healthy, and Ivey has proven himself, 2023-24 could finally show Pistons fans something special.NEXT: Fans Are Celebrating Special Ben Wallace Day