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Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham will play Saturday vs. Magic, will be on minutes limit

The Rookie of the Year favorite appears set to take the court for the Pistons.

Detroit Pistons Open Practice
Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons talks to the fans during open practice at the Little Caesars Arena on October 9, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.
Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images

Update: Cunningham will make his NBA debut Saturday against the Magic, but will be on a 20-25 minute limit due to his ankle injury. The Pistons want to get a look at their top draft pick, though they won’t push the guard too much in his first NBA game.

The Detroit Pistons might finally see their prized rookie take the floor. No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, is not on the team’s injury report for Saturday’s contest against the Orlando Magic. While Cunningham is still listed as questionable, it appears he is on track to make his professional debut season.

Cunningham was the favorite entering the season to win Rookie of the Year at +250, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. He is now at +450, behind Rockets rookie and No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green. Green has moved up to +250 through two weeks.

The Pistons are struggling without Cunningham, which was expected. The rebuilding squad is 0-4, although the Magic offer a great chance to get the team’s first win of the season. If Cunningham does take the floor, the Pistons will feel much better about their chances in Saturday’s contest. Detroit is currently a 5-point favorite in that game.