This year’s draft class is very “top heavy,” but one of the best prospects in the 2021 NBA Draft class that stands out is Cade Cunningham. Since the time he came out of high school and committed to play at Oklahoma State, Cunningham has been deemed the best prospect in this year’s draft class and for good reason.
The 6’8” point guard was ranked #2 on the 2020 ESPN Top 100, behind Jalen Green who decided to play in the G-League, and all season long in college, he was consistently one of the best players in the nation.
In 27 games with Oklahoma State this season, Cade Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shot 43.8% from the floor, 40.0% from three-point range. Not only was he named the Big-12 Freshman of the Year, but he took home the honors for Big-12 Player of the Year and was named a consensus All-American.
Given his length, versatility and offensive skill-set, Cade Cunningham is one of this year’s top NBA Draft prospects and as a result, has a very strong chance to be this year’s #1 overall pick, regardless of who is picking first overall.
One unique aspect of Cunningham as a player though is that he is starting to draw some comparisons to Luka Doncic, who at 22-years-old is already one of the faces of the NBA. When you take a deep dive at the young prospects overall game to that of Doncic, it is very clear to see some big similarities between the two players, some similarities that could just make Cunningham an All-Star level talent immediately in the NBA.
With that said, let’s take a look at three similarities Cade Cunningham shares with Luka Doncic as a player and why Cunningham has a chance to make just as big of an impact that Doncic did when he entered the league with the Mavericks.