No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham making history with shooting struggles

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Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham is struggling offensively to commencement the season.

The No. 1 prime successful the 2021 NBA Draft is shooting 7-39 (17.9%) from the tract successful the 3 games helium has played this season, marking the worst tract extremity percentage for a subordinate with astatine slightest 30 attempts since the NBA/ABA merger successful 1976.

Cunningham has peculiarly struggled from beyond the arc. He went 1-for-7 from 3 constituent scope successful Thursday’s 109-98 nonaccomplishment to the Sixers. He’s gone conscionable 1-for-21 to commencement his NBA career.

Pistons caput manager Dwane Casey didn’t look disquieted aft the young star’s show against Philadelphia.

“His changeable is going to fall. It’s a substance of clip earlier helium gets his bushed with the 3-point shot,” Casey said after the loss.

Despite his shooting woes, Cunningham recorded a productive container people with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. He was 9-for-10 from the escaped propulsion line.

As Cunningham continues to set to the gait of the NBA, helium made Pistons past arsenic the archetypal Detroit rookie since Grant Hill to grounds a double-double successful 3 games oregon fewer. Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is the lone different Piston to execute the feat since 1981.

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Cunningham is besides caller disconnected an ankle wounded that caused him to miss grooming camp. He was injured during a Pistons signifier up of the play and missed 4 of the team’s archetypal 5 games.

“I consciousness similar I’m beauteous bully with the shot successful my hands. I haven’t been businesslike with my archetypal 3 games, but I’m getting much comfortable,” Cunningham said. “I didn’t person a grooming camp. The squad is encouraging maine to beryllium me. I’m going to proceed doing that until they fall.”  

The Pistons are counting connected Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 defender retired of Oklahoma State, to assistance Detroit go a playoff contender. The squad has made it to the playoffs conscionable doubly since 2009.