Cade Cunningham

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: PGFROM: Oklahoma StateHT: 6-8WT: 213
BORN: 9/25/01YEAR: Fr.WING: 6-11 1/2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Cade Cunningham is an early favorite to go no.1 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. He’s had some ups and downs so far in his college career but his immense talents are on full display and it’s clear that he’ll benefit a lot from playing with NBA level players and the spacing of the NBA game.

As a big guard he’s able to control the pace of the game and is a very polished prospect for his age, showing maturity beyond his years. His court vision and decision making are elite and he’s got the handles and strength to get to his spots and manipulate the defense.

He’s not the most bouncy prospect you’ll ever see but he can play above the rim and has the strength to finish through contact. He’s got broad shoulders, good length with a 7-0+ wingspan and a solid NBA frame.

Cade is adept at scoring in the lane, from mid range and can hit the three point shot. He plays like a smaller version of Ben Simmons, with excellent court vision, change of pace and body control, but he’s a much better shooter than Simmons. He’s got great body control, change of direction and elite BBIQ.

He’s at his best breaking defenders down off the dribble and finding teammates and he’s got a knack for scoring in the lane. He’s lethal in pick and roll situations and just knows how to manipulate the defense.

Cade is the ideal position-less basketball player who can play on or off the ball and guard 1-3.

Why Cade should go no.1


Comparisons

  • Luka Doncic lite
  • a stronger Shaun Livingston (but with a better jumper)
  • smaller Ben Simmons (but with a nice jumper)

Draft Projection

top 3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 Point Guards

  1. Cade Cunningham – 6-8 – Oklahoma St.
  2. Jalen Suggs – 6-4 – Gonzaga
  3. Davion Mitchell – 6-2 – Baylor
  4. Josh Giddey – 6-8 – Australia
  5. Jared Butler – 6-3 – Baylor
  6. Daishon Nix – 6-4 – G League
  7. Ayo Dosunmu – 6-5 – Illinois
  8. Joel Ayayi – 6-5 – Gonzaga
  9. Sharife Cooper 6-0 – Auburn
  10. Tre Mann – 6-5 – Florida
  11. Miles McBride – 6-2 – West Virginia
  12. Nah’Shon Hyland – 6-3 – VCU
  13. Rokas Jokubaitis – 6-4 – Lithuania
  14. David Johnson – 6-5 – Louisville
  15. Jason Preston – 6-4 – Ohio
  16. Carlos Alocen – 6-4 – Spain
  17. Javonte Smart – 6-4 – LSU