Cavs draft: Examining Cade Cunningham’s potential role as key scorer, playmaker for CLE

Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham shoots the ball. (Photo by Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham shoots the ball. (Photo by Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Cade Cunningham, Cleveland Cavaliers
Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham handles the ball. (Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports) /

Cunningham’s potential role as a key playmaker for the Cavs

Although Darius Garland has managed to grow into a highly capable playmaker for the Cleveland Cavaliers, if Cleveland were to draft Cunningham, the point forward out of Oklahoma State could very well see himself beginning to be the main facilitator for the Wine and Gold.

In the 27 games Cunningham played for Oklahoma State, he averaged 3.5 assists per game. But don’t the numbers fool you, the Cowboys simply did not have nearly enough capable perimeter shooters to put around Cade to fully maximize his passing vision and feel.

Cade Cunningham is a remarkable playmaker. With an exceptional passing acumen, he can almost always find a way to get his teammates involved.

And factoring in that sort of thing, and his outstanding IQ as a playmaking presence for others, playing with scorers such as Darius Garland and Collin Sexton often could certainly open up the floor for Cunningham to fit into a secondary playmaker role with Garland. The same could go for Kevin Love, if Love is around with the Cavs that is (in regards to trade rumors seemingly involving him for so long).

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Moreover, Cunningham has the potential to become a franchise-altering player for the Cavaliers, should Cleveland select him realistically in the top 2 in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29 if they’re in that range.