Following his injury, the team was surprisingly mum about Cunningham, his status, his plans, and his future.
There were some people who thought this was because the prognosis was not good.
In fact, some even theorized that the team wasn’t revealing his true condition because they were hoping to continue selling tickets to games.
ESPN Sources: Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham – the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft – plans to have season-ending surgery on his left shin. Cunningham is expected to make a full recovery ahead of training camp in 2023-2024. pic.twitter.com/0OyUkDOtK7
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 12, 2022
And now the truth has come out.
Cunningham will miss the rest of the season due to surgery on his left shin.
He is expected to make a full recovery ahead of the next training camp for the 2023-24 season.
So, Cunningham’s season is now officially over which doesn’t surprise many people.
With his exit, the season is also pretty much done for the Pistons, who were already having a lot of problems.
This is bad news for Detroit, but it’s even worse because the absence of Cunningham doesn’t allow the team to find its identity.
No More Cade
During 2022-23, Cunningham has averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6 assists on 41.5% from the field.
The Pistons have a few young, promising stars and Cunningham is among the best of them.
He was the number one overall pick last season and, after a somewhat rough start, really proved himself and looks like the future of this franchise.
Speaking of that future, it’s now in limbo as the team sits and waits.
The development of other players on the squad is supposed to be revolving around Cunningham since he is the centerpiece of the squad.
But how can that happen now that he is out for the rest of the season?