Pistons Reach Decision To Take Cade Cuningham At No. 1

What most people who follow the NBA Draft expected will soon be made official.Cade Cunningham

The Pistons will select Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham with the first overall pick, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Earlier this week, a Wojnarowski report suggested the Pistons weren’t 100 percent certain on taking Cunningham. But general manager Troy Weaver and other top executives traveled to New York to meet with Cunningham on Wednesday, when the Pistons “finalized the decision,” Wojnarowski added.

Cunningham met with the Pistons in Detroit more than a week ago, and they are the only organization with which he has visited.

The Cavaliers, Rockets, Thunder and others all reportedly called Detroit in hopes of prying away the No. 1 pick. But those talks didn’t get very far.

Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his lone season at Oklahoma State.

The Pistons finished 20-52 and coach Dwane Casey already has some nice talent in the likes of forwards Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey, as well as rising shooting guard Josh Jackson. Cunningham will now be counted on the lead the way.

Hamidou DialloFrank JacksonSaben Lee and Dennis Smith Jr. are Detroit’s free agents. All are restricted.

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