Preseason rankings: No. 50
World Assessment Rating: No. 80
We hate to pile on right here, however along with threatening the document for the longest dropping streak in NBA historical past, the Detroit Pistons additionally maintain the respect of their former No. 1 general choose, Cade Cunninghamwhich is among the largest underachievers of the 2023-2024 season to date.
In line with the consensus rankings, World Ranking will put the previous Oklahoma State participant at No. 80 to date… and that is perhaps a bit good.
Cunningham has the fifth-worst WS/48 in your complete NBA, taking pictures 43.5 p.c from the ground, 32.5 p.c from three, whereas turning the ball over 4.0 occasions on a nightly foundation. That is why, regardless of his stable uncooked averages — 22.4 factors, 4.0 rebounds and seven.1 assists — the superior stats do not price Cunningham too extremely.
After all the state of affairs within the group is the primary offender. Not solely do the Pistons drastically lack expertise across the former high prospect, but in addition the first-year head coach. Monty Williams has struggled mightily to place collectively the suitable lineups each evening, however even then, you’d like to see extra from Cunningham in his third season.
Fortunately for Pistons followers, he is nonetheless solely 22 and has proven some promising indicators even amid all of the dropping.