Cade Cunningham is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He was drafted into the NBA in 2021 with the top pick and has played with the Detroit Pistons since then. In 2022, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

He also played college basketball for Oklahoma State University before signing with the NBA. Cunningham also represented the United States in 2019 at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Cade Parker Cunningham was born on September 25, 2001, in Arlington, Texas. His father, Keith Cunningham, played football for Texas Tech. He has an older brother, Cannon, who played college basketball and now serves as a basketball coach for Oklahoma State.

Team 209 detroit pistons Detroit Pistons
Position Point Guard
Height / weight 1.98 m / 100 kg
Born 25 Sep 2001
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname MotorCade
Team History
209 detroit pistons Detroit 2021 - present

Cunningham stands 198 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 100 kg. He is a right-handed player and he plays shooting guard and point guard. He was drafted into the NBA during the 2021 NBA Draft.

High School and College Career

He attended Bowie High School in his hometown before eventually transferring to Monteverde Academy in Florida. The move to Monteverde was done to take advantage of their basketball program.

In 2020, he was considered one of the year’s top recruits. He eventually announced that he had committed to play for Oklahoma State. While in college, he was named a McDonald’s All-American. He was also given the honor of becoming 2020’s Mr. Basketball USA. He was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year for 2021. He was also Big 12’s Player of the Year for 2021.

At the end of his freshman season, he declared for the NBA.

Professional Career

He was the first overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, selected by the Detroit Pistons. He played with them for the NBA Summer League and later, in October 2021, he made his NBA debut.

At just 20 years and 15 days, he became the youngest player in the NBA to have scored at least 25 points, 8 assists, 8 rebounds, and 5 three-pointers. He broke LeBron James’ record of 20 years and 100 days.

In 2022, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In 2024, he continues to play for the Pistons.

Career Highlights

  • 2022 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 2021 - Consensus first-team All-American
  • 2021 - Wayman Tisdale Award
  • 2021 - NABC Freshman of the Year
  • 2021 - Sporting News Freshman of the Year
  • 2021 - Big 12 Player of the Year
  • 2021 - First-team All-Big 12
  • 2021 - Big 12 Freshman of the Year
  • 2021 - Big 12 All-Newcomer Team
  • 2020 - Mr. Basketball USA
  • 2020 - Naismith Prep Player of the Year
  • 2020 - McDonald’s All-American

Medal Record

  • Gold - 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup Greece

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