Rockets: 2 reasons why Cade Cunningham is worth tanking for

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2. Cunningham’s Uncanny Court Vision

When starting any 2021 NBA draft list, the best place to start is always Cade Cunningham. Since the beginning of the college season, the 6’7″ point guard has perpetually held the number one spot on nearly every expert’s big board, and for good reason.

When evaluating Cade’s game, there is not a single glaring hole. His most apparent strength is his ability to be a primary ball handler and facilitator.

He shows flashes of Luka Doncic in the way he hits skip passes to teammates in the corner with pinpoint accuracy. As a passer though, he is most deadly in the pick-and-roll. Cunningham is comfortable making pocket passes to the roll man, no matter how small the space is.

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The comparisons to Doncic don’t stop there though. Coming in at 6’7″ (the same height as Luka), Cade is a supersized point guard. He does not exhibit freakish athleticism, but his control over the game and size allows him to manipulate the game to his speed.

He won’t blow by his man, but his size and skill allows him to always get his shot off or make the right play.

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