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Cade Cunningham | GF | Oklahoma State 

Measurable's: 6'8" 220 | 7'1" wingspan

2020 statistics: 20.1 ppg | 6.2 rpg | 3.5 apg | 1.6 spg on .438 FG | .400 3FG | .846 FT 


+ Excellent size for a wing 

+ Playmaking ability

+ Plus level passer for a wing

+ Has the ability to be a primary ball handler at his size

+ High basketball IQ

+ Ability to create his own offense in a variety of ways

+ Efficient 3 point shooter

+ Ability to score at all 3 levels

+ Defensive potential on the wing


- Turnover prone 

- Lacks a degree of explosiveness/athleticism 

- Inconsistent effort defensively 

- Hasn't really shown the ability to be effective playing off ball

- Needs to tighten his handle, was consistently ripped or turned the ball over when driving into traffic 

- Only has 1 year of high level 3 point shooting

Analysis: Cade has been the consensus #1 prospect in the class since his senior year of high school and for good reason. It's rare to see a wing with Cunningham's size, playmaking ability, basketball IQ, and ability to score at all three levels. Cunningham didn't disappoint during his freshman season at Oklahoma State despite playing on an average team with minimal talent around him. He has flashed high level playmaking ability both for himself and as a creator for teammates and shot the 3 ball at an extremely efficient clip at OK State. Cunningham projects as a player that can step in from day one and be a teams primary ball handler/playmaker and a guy with All-Star potential very early in his career. With that being said he is not a perfect prospect by any means and there are some question marks about how his game translates to the next level. While Cunningham shot the ball well during his lone year at Oklahoma State it was somewhat of an outlier as he did not shoot the ball very well at any other level of competition. The biggest concern about how Cunningham's game translates to the next level though is how well he'll be able to beat guys off the bounce in the league as he had trouble consistently beating guys off the bounce in college last year. And as a guy that was touted as an elite passer it is a little concerning that he averaged more turnovers than assists last year. Some of these struggles can definitely be attributed to the fact that Oklahoma State lacked a good secondary playmaker or shooters which often crowded the paint when Cunningham was looking to attack so he was forced to play hero ball at times. At the next level he should benefit tremendously playing with better spacing and being surrounded by guys that can consistently knock down threes. If Cunningham reaches his ceiling he's definitely the most intriguing prospect in the class and someone that is worthy of being the #1 pick. 


Ceiling: Luka Doncic (lesser version)

Realistic: Brandon Roy 

Floor: Rich man's Kyle Anderson 

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