1. Cunningham’s Ability to be a Two-Way Player
Going into college, if there was one question about Cade’s game, it was his jump shot. However, since coming to Oklahoma State this year, Cunningham has been shooting nearly 44% from three on about five shots per game.
On defense, Cade shows flashes of brilliance. With his excellent size, he is able to guard four out of five positions, and is comfortable playing defense on any area of the court.
With his superb lateral quickness, when he gets into solid position, he can be absolutely smothering on the ball. Whether it be swatting the ball away, getting a hand in the shooters face, or blocking the ball altogether, he can wreak havoc.
He does have a slight tendency to get lazy and not sit down quite low enough on occasion, but that is the case for nearly every player.
If Cade is able to continue to hone his skills on defense, he could end up as an All-Defensive team selection one day.
All of these skills come together to paint the picture of a nearly unassailable prospect. If the Houston Rockets are able to land him with the number one pick, they will be set up for success for the next decade at the very least.