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Detroit Pistons Gets First Overall Pick in 2021 NBA Draft

Cade is likely headed to Detroit.



[Photo via Courtney Bay/OSU Athletics]

Cade Cunningham might want to start looking at the Detroit housing market.

The NBA Draft Lottery’s ping pong balls awarded the Detroit Pistons with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft on Tuesday night ahead of Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Cunningham is the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the July 29 draft. The Pistons had a 14% chance at the top pick.

Pick Team
1 Detroit Pistons
2 Houston Rockets
3 Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Toronto Raptors
5 Orlando Magic
6 Oklahoma City Thunder
7 Golden State Warriors
8 Orlando Magic
9 Sacramento Kings
10 New Orleans Pelicans
11 Charlotte Hornets
12 San Antonio Spurs
13 Indiana Pacers
14 Golden State Warriors

The Pistons went 20-52 this past season and haven’t finished above .500 since the 2015-16 season.

Regardless of whether he goes first, second or somehow third, Cunningham will be Oklahoma State’s first NBA Draft pick since Jawun Evans went in the Second Round of the 2017 draft.

The Cowboys haven’t had a First Round pick since Marcus Smart went sixth in 2014.

If Cunningham goes first to the Pistons or second to the Rockets, he would become the highest-taken player in program history. In 1949, Bob Harris went third overall to the Fort Wayne Pistons. That was when the NBA was the Basketball Association of America.

Here is a list of OSU’s First Round picks:

Name Year Overall Team
Marcus Smart 2014 6 Boston Celtics
James Anderson 2010 20 San Antonio Spurs
Joey Graham 2005 16 Toronto Raptors
Tony Allen 2004 27 Boston Celtics
Bryant Reeves 1995 6 Vancouver Grizzlies
Brooks Thompson 1994 27 Orlando Magic
Byron Houston 1992 27 Chicago Bulls
Bob Harris 1949 3 Fort Wayne Pistons

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