The Detroit Pistons have only won two games this season, but Kid Cunningham has become a star before our eyes.
After a rough start, Cade has dominated the last four games, averaging 27.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists while firing 49.5 percent from the field. These aren’t just All-Star numbers, but they’ll put Cade Cunningham into the All-NBA race if he continues to do so all season.
Cade has been more aggressive in looking for his shot, which is what this team needs, everything flows through and when he starts, everyone frees up.
What’s even more impressive is that Cade does it without the benefit of making many 3-point shots, which is a good thing in the end, as quite a few of the best scorers in history have blown away from within the 3-point range, with most of them getting it done In paint and medium range.
Cade’s mid-range has been amazing this season, and he’s on his way to joining some of the top midrange goalscorers in the league and of all time.
Detroit Pistons: Kid Cunningham mid-range
Many of the NBA’s top scorers have done it from the midrange, whether you think of Michael Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki or Kobe Bryant. It’s an easy shot for most NBA shooters, and when you have a kobe or kid size it’s hard to stop, as he can just drag and shoot you.
Cade Cunningham is clearly making this shot as his bread and butter, increasing his mid-range attempts from 2.2 to 5.1 and his percentage point from 41.3 percent last season all the way to 51.2 percent this time around.
Cade has the sixth largest mid-range attempt and does this season and is currently aligned with some of the best mid-range shooters in the league. CJ McCollum hits 50 percent in 4.7 attempts per game, and Devin Booker hits 50 percent in 5.3 attempts per game.
Regarded as one of the best mid-range shooters of all time, Chris Paul averaged 51.9 percent last season in 4.6 attempts per game, so Kid Cunningham is already in that territory with the Detroit Pistons.
Then there’s Kobe Bryant, considered by many to be one of the best mid-range goalscorers of all time. In his highest-scoring season (2005-6), Kobe fired 12.2 mid-range attempts per game and hit 41.3 percent of them.
I don’t know if Cade will take many mid-range shots per game, but it shows you that a player can lead the league in scoring without taking too many 3-point shots.
In Kobe’s second season in the league, he made just 3.2 attempts and hit 32.4 percent, and when he was Cady’s age, he scored 39.7 percent of his mid-range shots in 7.7 attempts per game.
Cade is already way ahead of where 21-year-old Kobe Bryant was from mid-range and is on par with some of the best mid-range shooters in the game at the moment.
Cunningham may never have Kobe’s midrange volume, but he makes it with his signature shot, and for now, it seems impossible to stop quite like Kobe’s main (RIP).