There was a time when the city of Detroit was considered a basketball powerhouse. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine those days even existed.

It feels like a long time ago when the Detroit Pistons were even relevant.

We’re so far away from the franchise’s golden years known as the Bad Boys Era of the ‘80s where the team won back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990.

To be exact, no Pistons team has ever come close to its early 2000s version composed of Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and the two Wallaces, Ben and Rasheed.

That group was something else. Now, they’re just remnants of Detroit’s last championship team.

The franchise has endured mediocrity and a bunch of losing seasons ever since. But now, Pistons fans has a sense of renewed hope.

Why you ask? Well, they just won the freaking lottery. The Pistons will be picking first overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. Why is this a big deal? Well, the 2021 class is pretty STACKED with talent.

Pistons legend Ben Wallace brought some lucky charms, since he was the one who represented the team during the event. This marks the Pistons first overall pick since Bob Lanier in 1970,

Now, the Pistons have first dibs on the best one available; which just happens to be Cade Cunningham. One look at this guy’s highlights again you’ll see why he might just be the saviour that brings the Pistons back to relevancy.

At 6-foot-8, the Oklahoma State standout has terrific size at the guard position, and is the complete package. He can do it all.

Even Cunningham is so sold that he’ll be the first name off the board, that he will reportedly only workout with the Pistons and will refuse other teams.

Of course, nothing is set in stone since there’s a lot of talent in this draft. It will be wise for Detroit to also look at other prospects available just in case. 

There’s Gonzaga standout Jalen Suggs, while Evan Mobley looks like another can’t miss prospect. And of course, let’s not forget about the electric Jalen Green. All these guys are worthy of top billing. 

Still, all signs point to the Pistons drafting Cunningham. The franchise definitely needs an injection of star power, and the 19-year-old phenom might just be their guy.

So, do you think the Motor City will start revving again with their soon-to-be top overall pick?


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