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Cunningham has intriguing raw talent. However we here at Basketball Rehab have some concerns about him as a prospect. Cunningham is a 6’8” 220 pound guard with a tantalizing combination of athletic tools and shooting touch.
The issue is for someone projected to be a number 1 overall pick Cunningham lacks polish. He’s not a great playmaker and his scoring efficiency is inconsistent.
Per 36 Cunningham averages less than 5 assists per game not exactly a number you hope for from a PG.
His scoring efficiency is the bigger concern. Cade Cunningham can score on all three levels but sometimes it’s volume scoring and not terribly efficient.
Against Texas Arlington Cunningham he was 7 of 16, that wasn’t his worst shooting performance either.
Cunningham followed this up with a paltry 4 of 11 against Wichita State and a tepid 3 of 12 against Texas Tech. Kansas State and Texas were worse 5 of 13 and 5 of 22 respectively. Cunningham has made some big shots but too often he forces the difficult shot which makes you worry about this basketball IQ and shot selection.
This is where we worry, in the NBA Cunningham won’t be able to beat his opponents based on raw talent alone. With the gap narrowed he is going to need to learn to not always force difficult shots and he needs to show more vision as a passer.
It’s going to depend on how coachable he is. I don’t consider him a slam dunk star but agree he has superstar level talent. 6’8” players with his blend of shooting touch, athletic tools and raw talent are rare.
Since we have no way of knowing how badly he wants it. Only Cade knows this. I would not take Cade Cunningham number 1 overall. This draft is deep with high end talent. I could see and argument for 3-5 and we have Cade Cunningham 5th on our draft board.
Agree or disagree let us know in the comments.
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